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Dr. Na’eem Sadiq’s stem cell success

In what could be a harbinger of hope for those suffering neurodegenerative diseases, Dr. Na’eem Sadiq, a neurologist and Director of the Plexus Neuro and Stem Cell Research Centre (PNSRC) in Bangalore, has successfully treated Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Sadiq has been administering stem cell treatments to Ashok Kumar, a patient who had been rendered completely disabled by Parkinson’s disease. The treatments have finally yielded astounding results.

Mr. Kumar, who is 59 years old, could not sit, walk, speak or eat due to the tremors and rigidity associated with the degenerative disease. Today he is indulging in all of these activities independently, a development that has left his family awestruck. Only two doses of stem cell transplant over a period of four months has helped Ashok to recover and return to a normal life.

Elaborating on his recovery, Mr. Kumar said, “I used to consume almost thirty pills for managing my condition. But those medications were not helping me much. Moreover, they also had side-effects. I could feel my body stiffening. For the last two years I was confined to bed and had lost all hope of recovery.”

While the standard cocktail of pharmaceuticals failed to help Mr. Kumar, and even caused more problems in the form of unhealthy side effects, this unconventional stem cell therapy has proved to be nothing short of a miracle for him. His balance, posture and speech, along with his ability to write, have shown significant improvement after only two sessions of stem cell transplantation, and he no longer takes medication.

In a brief explanation about the stem cell therapy, Dr. Sadiq said, “In Mr. Kumar’s case, stem cells were collected from his own bone marrow and were isolated under cGMP conditions. After quality analysis in the laboratory, the isolated mother cells were transplanted into the damaged central nervous system. The stem cells migrated to the affected area of the brain, and transformed themselves into healthy tissue, thereby replacing the damaged cells. Previously, medications and certain surgical procedures were the only treatments available for Parkison’s disease. While medications in the long-term lack effectiveness and may cause side-effects, surgery is not always feasible. Lately, stem cell therapy has turned out to be a boon for patients with PD.”

Once a stem cell transplant procedure is finished, the patient is allowed to go home the next day. The patient must continue to undergo regularly scheduled medical examinations and may require subsequent stem cell transplants, depending on disease progression. The dosage and manner in which the stem cells are administered will vary among patients, and the improvement pattern may be different for ever patient, as these factors are determined by the patient’s overall condition along with the progression of their illness.

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Tracy Venkatesh

Tracy Venkatesh

Tracy Venkatesh has spent twenty years working and interacting with a socioeconomically diverse population in both the private and public sectors, and has held positions in multiple verticals including content development, healthcare, customer relations management, defense and law enforcement.

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