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Blind Baby Travelling Overseas for Stem Cell Therapy

10-month-old, Jakob Bielskis, who was born without site, is traveling China from Canada with his parents who hope stem cell therapy will give him some sight. The use of stem cells for this type of treatment is still in early stages of development. Jakob has optic nerve hypoplasia, which means the nerves from his eyes to his brain failed to develop properly in utero. There are no drugs, treatments or surgeries offered in Canada for his condition. Stem cells have the ability to become any type of cell to form skin, bones, organs or other body parts. The therapy is controversial in North America because the best source of stem cells is thought to be from human embryos. However, the doctors in China who perform this procedure derive the stem cells from umbilical cord blood.

10-month-old, Jakob Bielskis, who was born without site, is traveling China from Canada with his parents who hope stem cell therapy will give him some sight. The use of stem cells for this type of treatment is still in early stages of development. Jakob has optic nerve hypoplasia, which means the nerves from his eyes to his brain failed to develop properly in utero. There are no drugs, treatments or surgeries offered in Canada for his condition. Stem cells have the ability to become any type of cell to form skin, bones, organs or other body parts. The therapy is controversial in North America because the best source of stem cells is thought to be from human embryos. However, the doctors in China who perform this procedure derive the stem cells from umbilical cord blood.

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