One can only imagine the damage a car wreck can have on the morale of a person, let alone the disfigurement in one's physical body. That is what happened to Kristopher Boesen of Bakersfield, California, the 21-year old who suffered a traumatic injury on his spine. Boesen was injured after his car slid on wet road then hit a telephone pole after he hit a tree last March 6, 2016, a day shy of his birthday.
After initial consultation with medical experts, his parents were told that he may never walk again and become permanently paralyzed. But a team of medical miracle-workers over at Keck Medical Center of University of Southern California injected Kris with an experimental drug from 10 million stem cells, called AST-OPC1 cells. They injected it directly into his cervical spinal cord as part of a clinical trial headed by Charles Liu, director of the USC Neurorestoration Center.
Through the course of 2 weeks, the effects of the devastating accident on Kris began to improve and lessen. Three months after, he was able to feed himself, use his cellphone, write his name, and hug his friends and family. He also showed improved sensory and locomotive motor skills, giving him glimpses of hope of living a life independent and without the aid of another person.
"All I’ve wanted from the beginning was a fighting chance,” Kris said. “But if there’s a chance for me to walk again, then heck yeah! I want to do anything possible to do that.”
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