Kristopher Boesen lost control of his car on a slippery road, and it slammed into a tree. Kris’s parents were warned by doctors that he may never be able to function from the neck down. Kris was given the opportunity to undergo a potentially life-changing procedure that would use stem cells. According to the National Institutes of Health, stem cells have the ability to repair injured nervous tissue by replacing the damaged cells.
The procedure was experimental, and there was no guarantee that Kris would experience any benefits. In April, Dr. Liu injected 10 million AST-OPC1 cells into Kris’ spinal cord. Dr. Liu explained that the procedure may improve neurological function and it could mean the difference between being able to use one’s arms and legs and being permanently paralyzed.