In 1993 Sylvia Elam had a stroke losing most of her sensation and movements on her right side of her body. Meaning that her left side of the brain was damaged. Researchers found a way to give patients back some control over their lives by regenerating stem cells. In 1999 Sylvia learned of the research and volunteered for a surgery that could give her back most if not all her sensations and movements. The operation was a success and she was able to walk most of the time without having to use her cane and was able to taste her food again.
Not all patients were successful like Sylvia's recovery was. Months later Sylvia had another stroke even though it was non-related. The thought of hope for people with Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease or having a stroke is well beyond the technology of the past and gives people a sy of relief to a certain point that if this was to ever happen to them then when and if the time comes for them to get these awful diseases that they have a chance of recovery and still live a normal life. When I read this article I was amazed by our current technology and only wished that this was discovered many years ago so it could " ve saved more lives and given them the chance that we have today. It also gave me a sign of things to come in the medical field. It was hard to believe that the stem cells could detect which cell was damaged and what to repair and which cell was okay.
If researchers have known that embryos are born with a large number of stem cells then and if this research is correct then the question that enters my mind is, why can't it repair damage to infant's brain if born with a damaged brain? Why are infants born with brain damage if the stem cells can detect and repair damaged cells? I can honestly say that I do agree with the work that is being done to save lives and give people hope for the future. But there are still many questions that are left unanswered as to why this happens in the first place and what can be done to prevent it from ever occurring.