Jeannine Lewis received stem cell treatment to combat end-stage heart disease. The therapy, like all successful stem cell based treatments, did not use embryonic stem cells which require the destruction of a human life. Instead, Lewis underwent a leading edge procedure in which her own stem cells were injected into her body to produce healing in her heart.
Lewisí blood was drawn and then flown to Israel, where stem cells were extracted. The stems cells were shipped to Thailand, where they were injected into her heart by Dr. Amit Patel of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
While Patel says itís too early to measure success, Lewis said she feels her heart is getting healthier and she wants to spread the word about what she has learned. She explained, "I havenít had any tests yet, so I donít have any measurements to say I am that much better. But Iím noticing several of the heart failure symptoms I had before are starting to lessen or go away completely."
"I used to wake frequently during the night. I had to go to the bathroom two or three times because of the fluid that was building up. I sleep through the night now. Now Iím getting up and I may go all day without a nap. Iím not sleeping my day away."