Are Stem Cells The Future Of Stroke Treatment? – Forbes

Are Stem Cells The Future Of Stroke Treatment?  Forbes

In 2016, a 45-year-old road construction crew manager and former athlete named Sharon Thomas suffered an ischemic stroke so debilitating that her husband was told to seek long-term care for her in a nursing home. Sharon was unable to move or communicate. Her husband, John, was informed she would never talk, walk or care for herself again. But as Sharon remained in the ICU in Portland, Oregon, one of her doctors told John about a clinical trial for MultiStem – a stem cell therapy from Athersys. Together, they agreed to enroll her in the clinical trial. Because it was in Phase 2, there was a …