Sunday, May 01, 2005

Bulgaria: the latest country to join spinal cord revolution

Bulgaria has become the latest country to successfully use adult stem cells in treating spinal cord injury. Scientists based at the Alexandrovska Hospital harvested adult stem cells from the pelvis and chest bones of quadriplegic patient Dimitar Tchobanov. The cells were then implanted back into his spine.

Dimitar Tchobanov, who was rendered paralysed after a car crash in 2002 is now showing signs of improvement. The news means that Bulgaria joins Russia, Korea and Portugal in using adult stem cells to treat patients with spinal cord injury.