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Shawna Weil - Brain Injury (USA)

Author Tracy Views Posted at 2011/11/07

Name: Shawna Weil                          
Sex: Female
Country: USA
Age: 21
Diagnosis: Traumatic Brain Injury
Beginning of treatment: October 4th, 2007

Medical history before treatment:
On the night of November 11th 2003, when Shawna was 17, she lost control of her car and ran into a tree. The accident left her severely brain damaged.  Against all the doctors' expectations, Shawna came out of the Coma, and progressed from a vegetative state to being minimally conscious. Her parents decided to keep their daughter at home, taking care of all her daily needs and kept her on an intense physiotherapy program, but eventually realized that they had exhausted all treatment options available in the U.S. Upon Hearing on the TV about another family that traveled to China for stem cell treatment, Gary and Lorrain Weil decided to travel with their daughter to Beijing.  Shawna's level of responsiveness before treatment was very slow. Her communication ability was limited to moaning or giving the "thumbs up" sign. She could not do a "thumbs down" sign and she could not talk at all. Shawna was unable to smile or convey feelings in her facial expressions. Shawna was also unable to control any movements in her body. Even small movements were difficult or impossible for her. Her eyes would roll and could not focus and she had trouble holding her neck up un aided. All of Shawna's daily activities and chores were dependent on aid from a caregiver or family member. She could not support her body at any level, her muscles were tense and stiff and she was being fed by a feeding tube.

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Patient received 4 stem cells injections via lumbar puncture and a nutritious stem cell cocktail treatment (intravenous) by Dr Like Wu and Dr Xiaojuan Wang.

After stem cell treatment:
For patients in a condition as severe as Shawna's, small changes make a huge difference. After the 8 weeks of stem cell treatment, Shawna's communication ability has somewhat improved, the strength of her voice improved and she started to make new voices, that she hasn't done before. Her eye balls became more aligned and she could now make a little better eye contact and focus her eyes better. Shawna's ability to react to physical sensations has improved as well. Her family reported on one occasion that while being showered at the hospital, Shawna had an immediate response of jerking and yelling because the water was too hot, a reaction she has never shown before the treatment.  During PT and OT sessions, Shawna seemed to progress at a faster pace.

2 months after she back home:
Two months after returning back to their home in the USA, Lorrain Weil, writes in Shawna's journal on her website:
 "Shawna has finally gained back all the weight she lost due to being sick after the last stem cell treatment in China. Her eyes continue to be more in alignment than they had been in the past. One new development is that she is definitely moving her own legs during pivot transfers! Two weeks now she's been doing it ... Wahoo ... go Shawna."

3.5 months after she back home:

In March 2008,
"Shawna is definitely improving at a much faster rate than the last 4 years of her life. The therapists agree that she is definitely following commands!"
After stem cell treatment done by Dr.Like Wu and his medical team, Shawna’s medical condition improved, she can sleep much better, and her seizure was controlled by doctors. 
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