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    Matt puts his faith in stemcells - The West Australian

    Former WA Superbike champion Matt Battista believes stemcell treatment overseas offers him the best chance of walking again after a race crash last year robbed him of the use of his legs.
    The 33-year-old is learning to cope with life in a wheelchair since becoming a paraplegic when he broke his back in a horrific crash in June 2008.
    But he says he has not given up hope of walking, despite Australia's lack of treatment for people with spinal injuries.
    In February, he went to a private clinic in Germany where he had pins inserted to stabilise his spine and an injection of stemcells.
    Mr Battista said the XCell-Center extracted stemcells from bone marrow in his hipbone, then implanted them in his spinal cord in a bid to repair the damaged tissue or reactivate existing cells.
    The centre's website stated that of 85 patients treated, 60 per cent experienced improvements such as regaining sensation, increased muscle strength or better bladder control.
    Mr Battista said he felt increased sensations in his stomach since the treatment but was not sure whether the stemcells were responsible or his body had recovered slightly since the accident. He hoped to travel overseas next year for more stemcell injections.
    "I'll do whatever I can to make my life easier, even if it's one leg moving again, or my bladder. It would just help me and my family," Mr Battista said.
    WA Health Department chief medical officer Simon Towler said the department had committed $2 million to the neurotrauma research program to help develop rehabilitation and treatment for people with spinal cord injuries.
    He said stemcell treatment was a potentially valuable intervention but research into clinical applications was still developing.

  • #2
    Good luck matt hope you get good results


    • #3
      Never underestimate the power of the placebo effect. The science simply isn't up to date with stem cell treatments (thank the US embargo on research during the bush terms for that) and the reality is, until people start showing solid proof that injecting stem cells / embryonic or mature / totipotent or pluripotent Australia will never offer those services.

      There are other clinics which actually inject proper embryonic stem cells, from a harvested embryo (India I think) and you would probably have more luck with those than bone marrow stem cells which are already committed to becoming one of the many potential blood cells in the body.


      • #4
        Have been many trying these paths.
        Hopefully one of them hits the right spot.
        Unfortunately there are many that are just offering false hope and are happy to take money in the process.
        Fingers crossed something is acheived out of this project, but atleast Matt sounds like he's smart enough to realise it could quite likely be natural recovery... (and could quite likely be the power of suggestion that improvements have been made, which is all to common with the snake oil salesmen tactic.)