Boy's Own Adult Stem Cells Grow New Cheek Bones

Cheek Bones Grown From His Own Adult Stem Cells

A Cincinatti boy has grown new cheek bones thanks to stem cell research in which his own stem cells were used.

Brad Guilkey, 15, has Treacher Collins Syndrome, a rare condition in which the bones and other tissues in his face don’t develop. This can be danger as there are no bones to protect the face, so a sharp hit to the face could cause severe damage.

Cheek Bones Grown From His Own Adult Stem Cells
A Cincinatti boy has grown new cheek bones thanks to stem cell research in which his own stem cells were used.
Brad Guilkey, 15, has Treacher Collins Syndrome, a rare condition in which the bones and other tissues in his face don’t develop. This can be danger as there are no bones to protect the face, so a sharp hit to the face could cause severe damage.

Brad had an eight-hour operation in May at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, where doctors implanted cadaver bone into his face. They then injected Brad’s own stem cells into the donor bone.

From a medical standpoint, the results were miraculous.

“Lo and behold, the bone has come back to life,” said Dr. Jesse Taylor of the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. “I’ve been really pleasantly surprised by the results of this.”

Brad now has solid bone in his cheeks, and said on Good Morning America today that he’s happy with the results.

Implication for Millions Who Have Bone Problems?

Taylor said the surgery could have significant implications for millions of people.

“Certainly, as we’re engaged in conflicts abroad, more and more young men and women come back with really severe facial disfigurement from a lack of bone,” he said.

Many reconstructive surgeries that use implanted material often have high failure rates because the recipients’ bodies reject the donor material. In Brad’s case, though, there is no rejection risk because the his own cell’s are growing in the cadaver bone.
See the Amazing Stem Cell Success Story along with before and after pictures and stem cell video here.

Thank you, Don, for this great news.

Peace,
Ed

This was also completed to my daughter shortly after Brad’s surgery but we were not given the option. The BMP-2 (stem cell technology) was implanted into her cranium at 6 mos of age. :mad:

youtube.com/watch?v=6jsfWWB3f2E

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