Walt Bast, a 49 year-old mechanic from Germany suffered two strokes and agreed to have this new
surgical procedure where:
“a teabag-like sachet filled with tiny capsules, each containing around a million stem cells.The stem cells, taken from bone marrow, have been genetically engineered to make a drug that protects brain cells from dying.This lets the cells rejuvenate and repair the damage done by the stroke.”
Walt has regained the use of his right arm, damaged from his stroke and also of course, his ability to speak, where he said a week after the surgery, “I feel a lucky guy.”
- 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.