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Girl, 4, can see for the first time thanks to miracle stem cell operation
Daily Mail ^ | 14th December 2010 | By Daily Mail Reporter

Posted on 12/14/2010 9:44:31 AM PST by Niuhuru

A little girl who has been blind since birth has seen her mother and father for the first time - at the age of four.

Izabelle Evans can now see up to three feet in front of her after groundbreaking stem cell treatment in China costing £50,000.

Parents James Evans and Hollie McHugh said nothing could beat the feeling of the first time their daughter looked into their eyes and said: 'mummy' and 'daddy'.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: blind; china; daughter; groundbreaking; miracle; stemcell; treatment
Kind of makes my eyes wet and warms my little heart. This is such great news and wonderful to read amongst all the bad news.
1 posted on 12/14/2010 9:44:34 AM PST by Niuhuru
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To: Niuhuru

No time to read....Adult stem cells, I hope?


2 posted on 12/14/2010 9:48:50 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel
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To: Niuhuru

“It involves injecting the spinal canal with cells taken from the umbilical cords of healthy babies. The cells are then used to rebuild the optic nerves.”

The little girl is walking, talking and holding on to objects better as well. Awesome!

What are we doing here in the states regarding umbilical cord blood treatments?


3 posted on 12/14/2010 9:49:13 AM PST by poobear ("The greatest tyrannies are always perpetrated in the name of the noblest causes." -- Thomas Paine)
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To: Niuhuru
Umbilical cord stem cells; NOT embryonic stem cells. Imagine that!
4 posted on 12/14/2010 9:49:53 AM PST by VRWCmember
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To: Niuhuru
Key point from the article:

It involves injecting the spinal canal with cells taken from the umbilical cords of healthy babies. The cells are then used to rebuild the optic nerves.

5 posted on 12/14/2010 9:50:20 AM PST by BRITinUSA
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To: poobear

I tried to donate our umbilical cords when our daughters were born but our hospitals didn’t participate in the collection (not many do), so...not much?


6 posted on 12/14/2010 9:52:19 AM PST by conservative cat
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

umbilical stem cells, not embryonic. the embryonic ones are the ones state and federal government is spendign all that money on.


7 posted on 12/14/2010 9:52:29 AM PST by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel
There's no reason to fear that a successful treatment resulted from embryonic stem cells. So far, there have been zero instances; and there are unlikely to be any. If a cure results from embryonic stem cell research; you can be sure that we'll all know. You won't need to read the article closely; it will appear in the banner headlines.
8 posted on 12/14/2010 9:52:54 AM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Niuhuru

These were umbilical cord stem cells.

Another blow to the embryonic stem cell crowd.

Hope her improvement lasts.


9 posted on 12/14/2010 9:54:01 AM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

Like you I’m glad to see that it’s not fetal cells.


10 posted on 12/14/2010 9:54:12 AM PST by far sider
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel
Her parents had hoped the controversial stem cell treatment - which is not available in the UK - would improve her sight, speech and mobility.

It involves injecting the spinal canal with cells taken from the umbilical cords of healthy babies. The cells are then used to rebuild the optic nerves.

Looks good to me.

Looks like little Izabelle has a way to go in learning to use her eyes. It would be interesting to know, in a year or so, if her eyes uncross as she matures.

11 posted on 12/14/2010 9:55:24 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Niuhuru

Paging Michael J Fox.


12 posted on 12/14/2010 9:55:30 AM PST by skeeter
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

The poster you mention probably wasn’t fearing a cure. It’s pretty well been proven there won’t be one from this. They were fearing that the girl would develop cancer from it. That’s what’s happened to people from embryonic stem cell injections. Those cells start massively dividing and developing into cancer.


13 posted on 12/14/2010 9:55:54 AM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: VRWCmember
You have to start thinking about taking cells from an identical source.

Very noticeable that the cells were from "healthy" babies.

Do we know if this introduction of outside cells can cause mutation? What haoppens in 2, 3, 4 generations from now??

14 posted on 12/14/2010 9:56:01 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: ArrogantBustard

This kid probably now believes everything comes in pairs.


15 posted on 12/14/2010 9:57:47 AM PST by skeeter
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To: VRWCmember

Umbilical cord cells are “adult” stem cells.

Still no cures to date from destroying and dehumanizing embryos.


16 posted on 12/14/2010 9:57:51 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: poobear

“What are we doing here in the states regarding umbilical cord blood treatments?”

Nothing of course, which is why we ar falling behind; the Chinese are now on top of this and likely their scientists will be the ones getting the Nobel Prizes.


17 posted on 12/14/2010 10:01:26 AM PST by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: skeeter

*snicker* I bet.


18 posted on 12/14/2010 10:02:23 AM PST by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: ArrogantBustard

“It would be interesting to know, in a year or so, if her eyes uncross as she matures.”

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That will depend upon her ultimate BCVA (Best Corrected Visual Acuity). If she achieves sufficient resolution and the critical accompanying neural development, (her youth is on her side in this case), and in the absence of any accompanying extraocular muscle dysfunction her chances are good.

Minor gripe with this wording:

“The cells are then used to rebuild the optic nerves.”

It sounds like the doctors are using the cells. With the complexity of the retina and optic nerve, God and the cells themselves have to do the work. The only thing we can do is put them in place.

All that said, this is an encouraging therapy.


19 posted on 12/14/2010 10:03:15 AM PST by EyeGuy (RaceMarxist Obama: The Politics of Vengeance)
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To: camle

At this juncture I’m close to beliveing that the US is no longer going to be a superpower by the end of the coming new decade.


20 posted on 12/14/2010 10:04:28 AM PST by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: Secret Agent Man; Cletus.D.Yokel
Allow me to clarify things:

I knew that Cletus.D.Yokel wasn't fearing a cure — I assumed that he feared that embryonic stem cells were used. I further assumed that the fear concerned the ethics of embryonic stem cells. Those were my assumptions — so, perhaps they were wrong.

My point was simply that, if embryonic stem cells were used, we wouldn't be left to wonder about it. That point would be front and centre, in every MSM story about the event.

I emphasized “successful” cure; because embryonic stem cell researchers have not been able to overcome the problem of rejection, by the recipient’s body. And (IMHO) they are unlikely to do so, without the same regime of anti-rejection drugs that transplant patients have to endure. I don't know much about the rate of cancer from embryonic stem cells.

21 posted on 12/14/2010 10:08:03 AM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: conservative cat; Niuhuru

The hospital where our daughter was born offers cord blood collection to put in some bank somewhere. Probably to be used by the Chinese!


22 posted on 12/14/2010 10:11:33 AM PST by poobear ("The greatest tyrannies are always perpetrated in the name of the noblest causes." -- Thomas Paine)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

I hear you. You are right, if it was embryonic, everybody would have known it, because it would be the first time they would have been successful at curing anything.

I knew right off the bat from the headline it wasn’t embryonic because it wasn’t noted in the headline. Libs would be crapping their pants out of joy if it was.


23 posted on 12/14/2010 10:14:16 AM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Running On Empty

Marking


24 posted on 12/14/2010 10:14:19 AM PST by Running On Empty ((The three sorriest words: "It's too late"))
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To: poobear

The Chinese are the ones interested in science and medicine and I don’t see the US changing that as long as we keep catering to the ‘culture’ of a spoiled 13% minority.


25 posted on 12/14/2010 10:20:22 AM PST by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: Niuhuru
I tried to donate our umbilical cords when our daughters were born but our hospitals didn’t participate in the collection (not many do), so...not much?

Anyone having a child would be well advised to have the umbilical cord harvested and then stored away.

I watched a beautiful little girl slowly die from cancer. For a period of time the only thing that kept her alive was that her parents had her cord blood harvested and frozen.

26 posted on 12/14/2010 10:34:57 AM PST by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks.)
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To: poobear
What are we doing here in the states regarding umbilical cord blood treatments?

That is one of our leading areas in successful treatments and promising research. It is also where most of the private funding is being invested.

27 posted on 12/14/2010 10:37:30 AM PST by VRWCmember
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To: poobear

nothing of any large scale or organization.


28 posted on 12/14/2010 10:39:03 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: MrB
Umbilical cord cells are “adult” stem cells.

Yes, I recognize that. I typically distinguis umbilical cord from other "adult" stem cell variations though because umbilical cord stem cells in particular are showing such significant successes.

29 posted on 12/14/2010 10:40:42 AM PST by VRWCmember
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To: Niuhuru

Our daughter is majoring in biomedical science. She is fluent in ASL and is studying Japanese on her own (she’s an Anime enthusiast). Maybe she should be studying Mandarin.


30 posted on 12/14/2010 10:42:14 AM PST by poobear ("The greatest tyrannies are always perpetrated in the name of the noblest causes." -- Thomas Paine)
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To: poobear

I plan on marrying Jet Li myself. He loves me, he just doesn’t know it yet.


31 posted on 12/14/2010 10:56:47 AM PST by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: Niuhuru

;D!

Ahh. Jet Li. Here is a little early afternoon break for you.

http://www.google.com/images?q=jet+li&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=univ&ei=TLsHTeP-FcL58AaDuOzPCg&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&ct=title&resnum=8&ved=0CGkQsAQwBw&biw=1296&bih=617


32 posted on 12/14/2010 11:05:31 AM PST by poobear ("The greatest tyrannies are always perpetrated in the name of the noblest causes." -- Thomas Paine)
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To: poobear

Thank you. I now see he’s eminently suitable hubby material. He has a wife, but he divorced one to marry his current wife, which shows he’s open to getting a divorce. If things don’t work out, at least I’m sure the Chinese police will end up hopefully being gentle as they arrest and drag me away.


33 posted on 12/14/2010 11:18:39 AM PST by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

The actual point and agenda behind pushing for embryonic stem cells is the abortion issue.

The had-aborts need for the embryo to be dehumanized so that their consciences don’t bother them as badly.


34 posted on 12/14/2010 11:28:24 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: MrB

the key is going to be when a significant politician or doctor have only adult stem cells to cure the own child and there is none available. (ie polio vaccine)


35 posted on 12/14/2010 11:31:30 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: ArrogantBustard

the answer to the question written on that li’l sweeties shirt is “way too”.


36 posted on 12/14/2010 11:40:22 AM PST by madamemayhem (defeat is not getting knocked down, it is not getting back up.)
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To: Niuhuru

;D!

He is quite a looker and so are his wives (x and current). I believe he will consider it quite an honor for Niuhuru to be dragged away (ever so gently of course) by his personal security. Just be careful if he wants a ‘secret’ meeting, or NOT ;D!


37 posted on 12/14/2010 12:14:19 PM PST by poobear ("The greatest tyrannies are always perpetrated in the name of the noblest causes." -- Thomas Paine)
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To: ArrogantBustard

Wow, that dude married up!


38 posted on 12/14/2010 1:17:45 PM PST by HenpeckedCon (What pi$$es me off the most is that POS commie will get a State Funeral!)
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To: ArrogantBustard

There is a wonderful physician at Duke University Medical Center who has been performing miracle surgeries for several decades straightening the eyes of children like this one. The walls are filled with pictures of them. His name is Dr. Buckley.


39 posted on 12/14/2010 3:31:20 PM PST by loveliberty2
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