Heather spoke at the 2011 Vatican Conference.
Roxane spoke at the 2013 Vatican Conference and currently serves as a Student Ambassador for the Cellular Age
Roxane Beygi was 14 years old in 2007 when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). Prior to being afflicted and diagnosed with MS, Roxane was a straight ‘A’ student, an avid swimmer and tennis player. During her battle with MS, she was put on conventional treatments for MS designed to slow the progression of the ailment. Despite the best attempt and care of the treating physicians, her fanatical adherence to medical orders, and maintaining injection and medication schedules, Roxane’s condition deteriorated.
In 2009 Roxane was evaluated for autologous stem cell transplant and her treating physician referred her for the procedure. In September 2010, she underwent a stem cell transplant at the Northwestern Medical Center in Chicago. Three months after the procedure, she started college, where she was also able to restart regular exercise. Roxane is a Student Ambassador and we thank her for her service dedicated to spreading the word about the benefits of adult stem cell therapies.
In 2004, Michael Carlat suffered a major heart attack. With a young family, Michael did not want to die. His doctors had tried multiple stents and an angioplasty without much success. Michael was placed on a heart donor list which had 5,000 people ahead of him. Being a diabetic further decreased his chances of finding a match. Instead of waiting for a heart donor that might never come, Michael underwent a transplant utilizing his own adult stem cells. Today, the part of Michael’s heart that was dead is now alive and healthy. Recently, when asked what he thought about adult stem cells, he stated, “I am living proof. Without my own stem cells, I wouldn’t be here right now. They saved my life.”
Ciaran Finn-Lynch made medical history in March 2010 as the first child in the world to undergo a pioneering stem cell-supported tracheal transplant. Ciaran was born under dire circumstances. He was diagnosed with long segment tracheal stenosis, a condition which leaves sufferers with a very narrow windpipe and difficulties breathing. The transplant, performed at Great Ormond Street Hospital in the United Kingdom, used adult stem cells to rebuild the airway in his body. Once the trachea was transplanted, researchers continued to infuse growth proteins into the organ to continue stem cell generation. Because this was an emergency procedure, this technique allowed for researchers to transplant the organ faster instead of having to wait for the organ to grow outside of the body.When we saw Ciaran in Rome, he was doing well post-transplant. Doctors said he has grown 11 centimetres in height and has returned to school. The doctors on his transplant team believe that the success of Ciaran’s procedure points to a future in which these cells can be used to grow more complex organs which are made up of different types of tissues.