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    Kiwi doctors are planning an experimental operation to partially repair paraplegics' damaged spinal cords

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3369682a11,00.html

    Stem cells offer hope for paraplegics
    07 August 2005

    By GREG MEYLAN

    Kiwi doctors are planning an experimental operation to partially repair paraplegics' damaged spinal cords, using stem cells extracted from their noses.

    The operation awaits ethical approval, but is based on a procedure developed in a Portuguese hospital over the past three years.

    Dunedin neurosurgeon Grant Gillett has performed the operation at a Lisbon hospital and has just returned from a conference in Marrakech where the results of the operation were presented.

    "Nobody who has had an operation is worse off than beforehand," said Gillett. "Some people have reported almost instantaneous improvements, such as more awareness of what is going on in their bladder and felt they had more control over muscles at the edge of their disability."

    But it was not clear how long the improvements lasted or whether they were entirely due to the operation rather than intensive post-operative rehabilitation.

    Gillett said the Dunedin team might offer the operation to two or three New Zealand patients, possibly before the end of the year if approval was granted.

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    Noela Vallis is an amazing lady who has worked tirelessly raising funds for the Spinal Cord Society since her husband was paralysed in a jet boat accident 20 years ago. Sadly he died last year but she continues her quest.

    Recently the SCS decided to try a procedure in New Zealand and Noela rounded up some New Zealand scientists and got a laboratory equipped in Dunedin.

    The article mentions stem cells being taken from the nose, whereas they are mainly OEG. Also the procedure is basically the same as Dr Lima's surgery where the injury site is cut out and the OEG are placed in the cavity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christopher Paddon
    Noela Vallis is an amazing lady who has worked tirelessly raising funds for the Spinal Cord Society since her husband was paralysed in a jet boat accident 20 years ago. Sadly he died last year but she continues her quest.

    Recently the SCS decided to try a procedure in New Zealand and Noela rounded up some New Zealand scientists and got a laboratory equipped in Dunedin.

    The article mentions stem cells being taken from the nose, whereas they are mainly OEG. Also the procedure is basically the same as Dr Lima's surgery where the injury site is cut out and the OEG are placed in the cavity.
    Chris, thanks. I am very glad that there is a laboratory that is now equipped to provide cells for clinical trials in New Zealand. This is the first step. They should be able to consider other cells as well as combination therapies. Wise.

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    Hi,

    I believe the trials will be a combination. Just waiting on ethics.
    Noela is an amazing lady with a huge heart! With all the lab setup, salaries, research costs & all other costs being completely funded through donations and grants.

    klj

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