Here is yet another example of a patient’s own stem cells being used to treat his illness. Tom Reynolds is a 77 year old man with blocked arteries. The blockage he experienced was cutting off the blood supply to his legs, making it painful and difficult for him to walk. He was facing permanent disability-being forced to use a wheelchair to get around-or even worse, possible amputation of his leg. “But then Tom found out about a study on a new option — a growth factor called GMCSF. When injected into patients, it stimulates bone marrow to release stem cells — helping the body form new arteries. ” Tom is now enjoying life again on his farm.
- Jennifer Lahl, MA, BSN, RN, is founder and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network. Lahl couples her 25 years of experience as a pediatric critical care nurse, a hospital administrator, and a senior-level nursing manager with a deep passion to speak for those who have no voice. Lahl’s writings have appeared in various publications including Cambridge University Press, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Dallas Morning News, and the American Journal of Bioethics. As a field expert, she is routinely interviewed on radio and television including ABC, CBS, PBS, and NPR. She is also called upon to speak alongside lawmakers and members of the scientific community, even being invited to speak to members of the European Parliament in Brussels to address issues of egg trafficking; she has three times addressed the United Nations during the Commission on the Status of Women on egg and womb trafficking.