A child in Germany experienced prolonged cardiac arrest after a medical crisis involving a twisted intestine. After receiving an infusion of his own cord blood containing stem cells, the child, who was initially in a vegetative state, showed significant improvements over the course of three years. The child’s progress included motor function recovery, improved cognition, and increased vocabulary. This case suggests that autologous cord blood transplantation might have played a role in the functional neuroregeneration of the child’s brain after the damage caused by the cardiac arrest. The story highlights the potential of cord blood as a treatment for pediatric cerebral palsy resulting from brain damage.
Reference Jensen A. & Hamelmann E. First Autologous Cell Therapy of Cerebral Palsy Caused by Hypoxic-Ischemic Brain Damage in a Child after Cardiac Arrest—Individual Treatment with Cord Blood. Case Reports in Transplantation 2013; 2013:951827. doi:10.1155/2013/951827