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Pictured: Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Patient Matthew Murry with Medical Director Dr. Louis A Cona and Director of Operations Frank Cona

MS Patient Matthew Murry

Louis A. Cona M.D.

Nov 5, 2019

Matthew visited DVC Stem in October 2019 for an infusion of 300 million cord tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells.

Matthew was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2005. MS, typically characterized by damage throughout the brain and spinal cord can be detrimental towards strength, balance, coordination and mobility.

Matthew visited DVC Stem in October 2019 for an infusion of 300 million cord tissue derived mesenchymal stem cells. Prior to treatment DVC Stem recommends that patients follow a certain number of protocols to help prepare the body for the stem cell transfusion. Before treatment DVC Stem recommends; avoiding alcohol, tobacco and caffeine products as well as complete a 5-day juice fast comprised of green vegetables and fruits. This is optional but studies have shown that a fasted state in the body dramatically increases the potency and activation of stem cells, boosting treatment results. Matthew took it one step further and decided to fast for 2 weeks prior to treatment!

Thanks so much for everything! Your facility is truly top not notch! So, it’s already started (the healing). I talked to a friend of mine today for the first time since I got back and he said “your speech seems clearer”.  Also I can now touch the tip of my thumb and pinky together! Have not been able to do that on my left hand in some time!

Pictured: Matthew Murry with Medical Director Dr. Cona

Stem cell treatment for MS has demonstrated healing and repair-promoting properties. The use of expanded cord tissue-derived umbilical cord cells have made it possible to potentially treat MS more effectively. Mesenchymal stem cells have the ability to combat inflammation within the body. Once administered stem cells will try to repair and replace myelin as damage occurs. This makes MSCs an attractive potential therapy for MS and other conditions characterised by inflammation and/or tissue injury. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) represent an attractive alternative to develop a cell-based therapy for Multiple Sclerosis.

Other potential advantages of stem cell therapy for people with MS include their ability to move from the bloodstream to areas of injured tissues, allowing for a comfortable IV administration of these cells into the body. The stem cells will then be attracted to those areas of injury or inflammation and begin the process of differentiation to begin the healing process. Stem cell transplants for ms are generally less invasive, have shorter recovery times, and lasting healing effects on the body.

Pictured: Matthew Murry enjoying a fresh smoothie post treatment, after 2 weeks of fasting.

How do patients afford this procedure?

It is not uncommon that Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients will be prescribed drugs that can cost upwards of $80,000 - $100,000 a year. Thankfully insurance covers most of that cost, but this is not always the case and patients still end up having to pay out of pocket.

Unfortunately stem cell therapy is not covered by insurance so patients must fund the treatment themselves or with the help of friends and family. DVC Stem tries to bridge this gap by offering a discount to their MS patients thanks to their partnership with the MS Fitness Challenge Charity. Dr. Cona is able to offer the therapy at a greatly reduced price that can make stem cell therapy a viable option for many. To learn more about reduced pricing for MS patients click here.

2-day non-invasive treatment

All patients undergo therapy in our vip treatment room located within our advanced clinic. Patients are under constant supervision from both our medical director and supporting medical team. We typically recommend patients stay a minimum of 4 days in Grand Cayman for treatment. Treatment at DVC Stem spans the course of 2 days.

Day 1: Arrival in Grand Cayman.

Day 2: Physical assessments & supporting therapies.

Day 3:
Cell transplant & activation therapies.

Day 4:
Follow-up physical & departure.

Our cell therapy protocol is safe & non-invasive. Patients will be able to travel the following day.

3 DAYS POST TREATMENT

Tyler explains his experience at DVC Stem in the Cayman Islands.

Tyler is optimistic that he will see positive results post treatment.

"The cool thing about the Cayman Islands besides being beautiful, it was an opportunity to get some rest and relaxation allowing my body to heal and restore. I'm back in the US now and feel like I am ready to conquer the world."

- Tyler Heid

2 WEEKS POST TREATMENT

2 weeks post treatment, MS patient Tyler is beginning to see amazing progress. He has been wheelchair bound for the last year and has not been able to move his legs unassisted before now.

Tyler Heid, lifting his foot 12" off the ground with 2 lb weights on his ankles.

Tyler - 2 weeks post treatment

"I'm on a path of progression and I'm getting better and better each day."

Tyler Heid - 2 months post treatment

2 MONTHS POST TREATMENT

Tyler updates about his progress, explaining the amazing response he has been receiving from his friends and family.

"People coming up to me saying I am moving, talking and smiling so much better. They are noticing a lot of things that have improved over the course of 3 months."

"This morning I was able to do things that I was unable to do before, I was able to stand up and lift my leg higher than I ever have before."

5 MONTHS POST TREATMENT

5 months post treatment Tyler sends us an update on his progress.

"I'm able to smile better, I have more control over the left side of my face."

"I have an increased ability to grip, lift my legs higher and higher which has gone well."

Tyler is optimistic and on the right track to recovery. We are ecstatic to see his progress and look forward to more updates from him.

"I have an increased ability to grip, lift my legs higher and higher which has gone well."

Tyler Heid - 5 months post treatment

"This is exciting stuff, god bless"

Matthew Murry - MS Patient

2 WEEKS POST TREATMENT

Matthew experiences sensation in the bottom of his feet after receiving a simple nerve test.

His left foot did not experience any sensation or move at all, but what happened to his right foot is extremely exciting!

David Lyons

Multiple Sclerosis

Although David Lyons was able to successfully fight Multiple Sclerosis through a strict regimen of diet and exercise, he wanted to ensure he was doing everything he could to stay fit. Multiple Sclerosis can be managed with treatment, but there is currently no cure for the disease. For that reason, David came to DVC Stem years ago to use the regenerative and anti-inflammatory attributes of stem cells to aid in his fight for fitness.

The positive results he experienced enabled David to stay strong in the gym, now into his 60s, and that is why he continues to support our clinic to this day.

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