Coronary Artery Disease Not A Death Sentence for California Woman
Still Strong 2 Years After Adult Stem Cell Therapy For Her Arteries
California 10/02/2007 02:57 AM GMT (TransWorldNews)
In May 2005, Dee Coates was gobbling nitro tablets and had been told there was nothing more that could be done for her. She had endured 8 stents in her right coronary artery and a triple bypass. ‘I watched life pass me by. I didn’t participate as I couldn’t even walk half a block,’ she said.
Today she is at the gym doing 30 minutes on a treadmill, followed by weighlifting and a cool-down on the treadmill again. She has the energy to train for a new career as a medical transcriber, after a lifetime of office work; is 25 pounds lighter, with lower cholesterol and sugars, and, ‘Loving every minute of my life because life is so good.’
Her journey from cardiac cripple to such an active and giving life is nothing short of a miracle. She did not accept that there were no options left for her. ‘I never believed that. Who knows our bodies better than we do? I would be dead but for Bangkok and Theravitae and I will shout that from the rooftops until the day I die,’ she said. ‘There is always a new day and a new procedure available. You have to fight and I am a fighter. People don’t want to hear it because the solution is so simple and I am a walking example of how well it works.
The solution for Dee was to go to Bangkok, where in a simple procedure a small amount of her blood was withdrawn and flown to a laboratory where her adult stem cells were multiplied by millions before being injected into her heart. Once embedded they went about doing what they are designed to do and creating collateral vessels that bypassed her blocked coronary artery, thus improving blood flow to her heart muscle and eliminating distressing symptoms such as angina. ‘I got tired of being told what was going to happen to my body, of being led like a lamb to the slaughter, full of metal and chemicals,’ she said. ‘You can go and be treated with your own blood and feel a million dollars,’ she enthused.
Leaving her home and flying half way around the world was a leap of faith for Dee. ‘It was like stepping into a river and not knowing where the bottom is,’ she explained. ‘But when you do it you feel safe and at peace and know in your heart that what you are doing is right.’ She discovered that the hospital in Thailand was, ‘Better than those at home. The standard of care was truly exceptional and there were no communication problems.’
The cost of just one stent in the U.S. is around $48,000 making adult stem cell therapy extremely competitive, but with better long-term outcomes. ‘What price do you put on your life? She asked. ‘You can’t take your money with you. It is so important that you can’t not do it.’