Incidentally when he
got admitted to the Hospital, for a reparative
surgery to correct the bowel sphincter, the hospital had just got
a MoU signed with NCRM for a collaborative work on stem cell based
clinical applications. Immediately his case was considered for the stem
cell therapy as the time elapsed from the accident until then was
very short (10 weeks)
On the 22nd of
December, under general anaesthesia, 100ml of his bone marrow was taken
from his Iliac bone and the stem cells were isolated and processed at NCRM
as per the technology given by Dr Terunuma Hiroshi of Biotherapy
Institute, Tokyo, Japan. The isolated cells ready for injection were then
injected into the space around the injured site of the spinal cord.
Mr Ali, who was on a continuous
drainage of urine from bladder, started feeling some sensation of the
catheter as a foreign body and asked the physician to remove the same.
Simultaneously he started feeling sensation in the legs and foot and in 4
weeks time from the injection and then he could stand on his own. Now 2
months from then, he is able to withhold the urine for up to 2 Hrs and
also able to stand on his own and walk without any ones help. The
coordination of the legs while walking are normal.
Objective evaluation has shown his
motor power has improved to level 4 (Level 5 is normal) and sensation and
motor activity of the urinary bladder as well by appropriate tests.
As far our knowledge is concerned,
this could be the first such case reported in India.
In the press meet held on the 24th
February 2007 to announce this, Dr Ravikumar presented his case to the
audience and the event was graced by the presence of Mr Yuji Okada,
Consul, Consulate of Japan, Chennai who lauded the entire team for this
Dr Samuel JK Abraham, Director, NCRM explained the scientific
basis of this treatment after a brief speech by Mr Akbar ali who narrated
the entire story and also answered to the questions raised by the