Stem Cell Transplant Changes Life

A Stem Cell Transplant Changes the Life of a Hawaii Professor

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What Are Stem Cells?

Stem Cells are specialized cells that are found in tissues in the body. There is research around using these stem cells to repair/restore damaged or impaired tissue. Stem cells can transform themselves into different types of tissues, hence why they are currently being researched and used widely as regenerative medicine therapies.


The Story

Cristy Kessler, an associate professor at the University of Hawaii, was suffering from three autoimmune diseases, Vasculitis, Scleroderma, and Ankylosing Spondylitis. Cristy was in such terrible pain that she could barely walk down the street. She was ready to stop searching for a solution, before she encountered an overseas option for a stem cell transplant at the Anadolu Hospital in Istanbul, Turkey. The procedure lead by Dr. Zafer Gulbas, lasted 2 months and combined chemotherapy, frequent blood tests, and isolation. Cristy’s immune system is still fragile, and the long-term results will not be measured for a while, but the stem cell transplant may have been helpful in this case.


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