Traveling east to find a cure
Man injured in high school going to China for stem cell treatment of paralysis
By Amanda Baumfeld, Staff Writer
Article Launched: 02/12/2008 11:21:14 PM PST

DIAMOND BAR - Kenneth Gibson is willing to do whatever it takes to regain his ability to walk.

The 20-year-old was paralyzed from the chest down during a football game Nov. 5, 2004. At the time, Gibson was 16 and attending Damien High School in La Verne. He was pushed into a tackle and broke a vertebrae.

Gibson, who is unable to use his legs and has limited use of his hands, will travel to China next month for an umbilical stem cell treatment. The treatment is not available in the U.S.

He will spend 35 days at the No. 463 Hospital of the People's Liberation Army in Shenyang, China.

"Everybody in my position is interested when presented with stem cells," Gibson said. "Stem cells are the city of gold everyone is looking for. Everybody wants to walk again."

During the treatment, Gibson will be injected with stem cells from umbilical cords.