“I can move my right wrist already, and my left wrist is slowly coming along.
“In a six-hour procedure, the scar tissue that separated the two ends of the spinal cord was removed whilst electrophysiological monitoring by a neurophysiologist was used to limit damage to the functioning sections of the spinal cord.
After the scar was completely removed, a special matrix containing autologous embryonic stem cells and growth factors were sealed in the defect.
“The procedure was carried out without any complications.” A fortnight later, a second, much shorter procedure was performed on October 24.
Cape Town - Groundbreaking stem cell surgery has been performed for the first time in South Africa at a Cape Town hospital, it has been confirmed.
The Melomed Group, which manages the Melomed Bellville Private Hospital, confirmed to the Cape Argus that a groundbreaking embryonic stem cell transplantation procedure was performed on Mr Thomas Prins, treated at the Melomed Bellville Hospital by world-renowned neurosurgeon Dr Adriaan Liebenberg. Liebenberg said in an interview: “This has never been done before anywhere in the world as far as we are aware of.” On Prins’s condition, he reported: “So far the results are giving us reason for cautious optimism.
A groundbreaking embryonic stem cell transplantation procedure was performed on Mr Thomas Prins, treated at the Melomed Bellville Hospital by world-renowned neurosurgeon Dr Adriaan Liebenberg. If the patient continues to improve then we expect that we have new and unexpected hope for paralysed people all over the world.” Prins told the Cape Argus: “I’ve waited for this for a very long time. I’ve had only positive results so far, so I’m really glad I did it.“I dived into a sand bank in Haartenbos, under a wave and hit my head, on March 11, 2006.“When I hit my head I tried to swim straight afterwards.My friends turned me around and I was on the beach for around two hours before the ambulance came. I have gone from a complete injury to an incomplete injury, and am very optimistic.They took me to Mossel Bay hospital and the next day took me to Groote Schuur. Every day there are new muscle groups which wake up.“When I arrive at Groote Schuur doctors basically said I’d never be able to walk again. We can see flexes in muscles which wouldn’t move before.