Parents of the heavily autistic schoolboy, 11, who were unable to talk claim that he uttered his first full sentence after & # 39; very encouraging & # 39; stem cell treatment in Miami
- Danny Bullen had the treatment last month and should be a second this year
- The next day his mother claimed that he asked for & # 39; more potatoes (chips) please & # 39;
- The young person needs help to go to the toilet and go to a specialized school
The parents of an autistic schoolboy claim that he spoke his first complete sentence a few hours after undergoing stem cell therapy in the US.
Danny Bullen, who lives in Tenerife with his parents and is non-verbal, traveled to Miami last month for experimental treatment.
The next day, the mother of 11-year-old Irma Guanche, 45, claimed that Danny was her & # 39; dame mas papas, por favor & # 39; asked, which translates as & # 39; give me more potatoes (chips), please & # 39 ;.
Danny is said to have not spoken a full sentence since, but his parents claim that they have been told that it may take several months for them to notice major changes.
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Danny Bullen (photo), who has non-verbal autism, reportedly pronounced his first full sentence after undergoing breakthrough stem cell therapy in Miami last month. He lives in Tenerife
Danny & # 39; s parents claim that he pronounced the verdict the day after the treatment, but has not progressed further since. He was shown in a private hospital last December. He underwent a CT scan to find out why he kept touching his head and was anesthetized to prevent him from moving inside the machine
The parents were able to pay for their son's treatment after a £ 8,600 fundraising campaign had collected within two months.
And they are once again calling on Danny & # 39; s second therapy attack later this year.
The parents came across the treatment online through support groups and forums.
Advocates claim that & # 39; all symptoms of autism disappear completely & # 39 ;.
Early studies have shown great promise for stem cell therapy as a possible treatment for autism.
However, scientists emphasize that it is still in its infancy and that more research is needed.
Danny & # 39; s father Lee Bullen – who is a writer and wrote a book about his son's condition called Beset – said: & # 39; Doctors introduced cord blood stem cells with cells from my son's bone marrow and cord blood cells.
Danny & # 39; s mother Irma Guanche (pictured with him and his sister Nadia) claims that he & # 39; s lady mas papas, por favor & # 39; has asked, which translates as & # 39; give me more potatoes (chips), please & # 39;
Danny cannot use the toilet without help and is forced to go to a specialized school
& # 39; He received his first treatment in March and the first signs are very encouraging.
& # 39; He is more alert and has already started using a few new basic words and greetings.
& # 39; Undergoing stem cell therapy during two or three visits usually produces better results, and therefore we hope to bring Danny to the US at least twice.
& # 39; All symptoms associated with ASD (autism spectrum disorder) have completely disappeared in many young patients. & # 39;
One parent of an autistic child, who preferred to remain nameless, claimed that her daughter had only & # 39; modest results & # 39; had experienced stem cell therapy two years ago.
Danny was diagnosed with autism at just two years old in 2010, after his development and communication almost stopped overnight.
In addition to being unable to talk, Danny cannot use the toilet without help and is forced to go to a specialized school in his hometown of Candelaria.
In addition to the fundraising page, the Danny family in Australia held a ticketed event that raised £ 2,150 ($ 2,810), while the Helping Hands charity in Tenerife donated £ 860 ($ 1,124).
The Ave Fenix Masonic Lodge in Los Cristianos gave the parents a check for £ 860 and the Blevins Franks Charitable Foundation donated £ 560 ($ 732).
All this enabled Danny to travel to the Art and Science Surgicenter Clinic in Miami for a treatment of £ 11,425 ($ 14.935).
The younger parent's parents hope to take him again this year for a £ 7,615 ($ 9,954) procedure.
To help the costs, they have a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe, where they hope to have around £ 26,500 ($ 34,646) for two sessions, and to cover part of the travel and subsistence expenses.
Danny & # 39; s father (photo) is a writer and has even written a book about his struggle to accept his son's condition, Beset. He described the results of the treatment as & # 39; very encouraging & # 39;
CAN STEM CELL THERAPY HELP AUTISTIC PATIENTS?
In general, autism affects patients in two ways.
The first is a reduced blood flow to the brain, which results in less oxygen for the vital organ and therefore for inflammation.
This damages the & # 39; energy power stations & # 39; of brain cells, causing the cells to die.
The second problem is that the immune system of autistic patients does not respond like a healthy person.
To combat these problems, the research increasingly refers to stem cell treatment as a way to & # 39; reset & autocomplete an autistic person's metabolism while repairing damaged cells or tissues.
A study from April 2017 through Duke university showed promise for stem cell therapy as a treatment for autism.
However, the scientists behind the research emphasize that they are early days.
The study consisted of 25 autistic children – from two to five years old – who had an IV drip with their own cord blood, whose parents banked at birth.
The results – published in the journal Stem Cells Translational Medicine – revealed more than two-thirds saw improvements in their speech, the ability to socialize and eye contact.
But the study was only meant to prove safety and was not designed to show efficacy. It also had no placebo group.
Autism affects more than one in 100 people in the UK, according to data from the National Autistic Society.
And in the US, about one in 59 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, according to the charity Autism.
The condition influences how people experience the world, as well as their ability to communicate and build relationships.
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