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New hope for Texas victims with spinal injuries

Texas residents suffering from a spinal cord injury may be interested in new research that has the potential to help them in the future. Severe injuries can result in damage to the spinal cord that can detrimentally affect someone for the rest of their lives. One person who suffered such an injury did comprehensive online research and found out about new technology overseas that could help victims across the world.

An overseas company has conducted clinical trials for a product study. The product consists of 'purified human neural stem cells' that are derived from fetal brain tissue that was donated. The company wanted to see if the cells could be safely used as a treatment for disorders of the central nervous system, including severe injuries that resulted in paralysis.

Many people who have suffered spinal cord injuries have hope in current stem cell research, but the field has been very slow to progress. The newest study required that patients must have suffered a 'complete thoracic spinal cord injury' within four to 12 months of the study beginning. The man who discovered the study online suffered a serious injury during a bike race where he crashed after trying to avoid a collision with a car; the accident broke his back and caused serious injury to his spinal cord. It is unclear whether he pursued legal action against the driver of the vehicle that struck him. Upon his initial recovery, he was accepted for the clinical trial and 20 million of the stem cells were injected into his back, in the tissue surrounding the actual spinal cord injury site.

He experienced some success with the trial, and reported that he could feel someone touching him where he previously could not feel anything. Although the company cautions against false hope, it does appear to be a good sign for those who have suffered serious injuries. Texas victims of severe injuries may have hope in the future if the trials continue to progress positively. Any time someone suffers a spinal cord injury due to the negligence of someone else, they may have legal recourse against the responsible party. Although it won't change the outcome of the accident, a personal injury lawsuit could help them with costs associated with recovery or continued medical bills.

Source: CNN Health, "A tiny step forward for spinal cord injuries," Miriam Falco, Sept. 7, 2012

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