CHENNAI: Akbar Ali, 25, fell from the fourth floor of a building in Abu Dhabi and was brought to Lifeline Hospitals in Perungudi in December as a paraplegic.
He had injured his spinal cord, and a surgery in Abu Dhabi set right the spine. But he lost sensation below the hip.
At Lifeline, a team of specialists aspirated 100 ml of bone marrow fluid from Akbar's hip bone. Stem cells were isolated and processed at the Chennai branch of Nichi-in Centre for Regenerative Medicine (NCRM) and administered to Mr. Akbar on December 20. His bladder and bowel movementhave shown improvement. "I could pass urine. Now I can," Mr. Akbar told reporters on Saturday.
NCRM, Japan, has introduced advanced bone marrow derived stem cell therapy for spinal cord injuries and paraplegia. Lifeline Hospitals has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Centre.