PORTLAND-- An Oregon man with multiple sclerosis is seeing remarkable results after a stem cell transplant.
All aspects of my life have improved, said 28-year-old Dan Tiel, I don t even walk with a cane anymore.
Tiel's mother first learned of the clinical trial at Northwestern University while doing research on Facebook.
I had been searching for hope for 10 years and this was the first time I really felt it, Gina Tiel said.
Dr. Richard Burt said about 80 patients a year are getting the stem cell transplants at Northwestern for a variety of autoimmune diseases.
We give them their own stem cells that we collect from their blood and it regenerates a new immune system, he explained.
Dan experienced drastic improvement within a month. He was sitting in the sun and felt the warmth on his jeans. He couldn t remember experiencing that before, Gina said. Because the stem cell transplant rebuilt his immune system, it was no longer attacking his central nervous system.
I can walk 3 or 4 blocks now without huffing and puffing. It s those little things that make me smile, Dan said.