Stem Cell Trial May Redefine Stroke Treatment

6 July 2011

 A month ago, a 39-year-old single mother from Hawthorne suffered a severe stroke that left her unable to walk.

Paramedics took her to a designated hospital stroke center. To preserve her brain function, doctors treated her with clot-busting drugs and asked her if she would be the first to participate in a clinical trial involving stem cells.

Dr. George Rappard of the Los Angeles Brain & Spine Institute at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center is the principal investigator. The stem cells were separated out and treated, which appears to have increased the cell’s ability to fill in where the body needs it. One to two million cells were then injected through a catheter that runs from the groin to the brain.