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Stem Cells: Small wonders

Chloe Levine was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at age one. At that time, her right side was nearly paralyzed. A year later, she can say her nickname and is walking normally and jumping on beds. An experimental stem-cell procedure, using her own stem cells, helped improve the toddler’s mobility. The experimental stem cell procedure again expanded the remarkable range of bodily failures that stem cells can repair. At birth, the Levine’s decided to bank Chloe’s umbilical cord blood as an added safety measure. "Two things I've always worried about for my family are car accidents and cancer," Levine said. "You can get car insurance and health insurance for those, but cord blood is another kind of insurance because the stem cells can help in car accidents, cancer and a lot of other problems."

Chloe Levine was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at age one. At that time, her right side was nearly paralyzed.  A year later, she can say her nickname and is walking normally and jumping on beds. An experimental stem-cell procedure, using her own stem cells, helped improve the toddler’s mobility. The experimental stem cell procedure again expanded the remarkable range of bodily failures that stem cells can repair. At birth, the Levine’s decided to bank Chloe’s umbilical cord blood as an added safety measure. "Two things I've always worried about for my family are car accidents and cancer," Levine said. "You can get car insurance and health insurance for those, but cord blood is another kind of insurance because the stem cells can help in car accidents, cancer and a lot of other problems."

 

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