Parkinson’s disease had disabled Bhavanlal Jain (54) to the extent that he could not even stand without support or express himself clearly. But after he underwent stem cell transplant, Jain has been talking and walking with more ease.
Jaslok Hospital neurosurgeon Dr Paresh Doshi, who performed the transplant, claimed Jain is the first Parkinson’s patient in the world to get a stem cell transplant in a clinical study setting. “We will be able to determine the success of the transplant only after supervising the patient for 18 months,” said Dr Doshi.
Jain, who had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2003, decided to go for the stem cell transplant as medicines had stopped helping him.
In a three-week procedure, Dr Doshi extracted bone marrow from Jain’s hip and sent it to a laboratory where the stem cells were separated and multiplied. On August 8, two holes were made in Jain’s skull and the stem cells were injected into the stratium – the central portion of the brain, which controls motor functions. Three days later, Jain was out of the hospital. “I am just waiting to see the result in the long term,” he said.
Dr Doshi will soon perform the transplant on 10 more Parkinson’s disease patients.
If successful, stem cell transplant will be able to help patients with suffering from the disease lead a better life.