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Saturday, December 22, 2007

Epilepsy Seizures Treated with Fetal Stem Cells in the Dominican Republic

I met Christina Alex virtually while finishing my book Right to Recover. She was writing Recovering Clayton (the article below) for the November/December 2007 issue of 02138 Magazine.

A mother took her five-month-old for his second DPT (diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus) shot which produced an adverse reaction that caused him to start having seizures that could not be helped by traditional medicine. The family turned to stem cell treatments outside of the US. Here's their story...


Azita and I are both certain that stem cells saved Clayton.

At three in the morning one day in early 2004, George Clayton Fatheree III woke up with the feeling that something was wrong. He turned toward his three-year-old namesake, his son, Clayton. Moments later, the child’s face contorted into a grotesque mask, his eyes shooting up to one side, then rolling slowly to the other side. “It’s okay,” then-28-year-old George comforted him, stroking his hair and holding him. “It’s okay.”

A minute or two later, the exhausted toddler fell asleep. George prayed for just a few uninterrupted minutes for his son. Five minutes later, the boy shrieked in pain as another seizure sent a spasm up his left arm, crossed his face, and gripped his right arm—“the most terrifying thing you’ve ever seen,” George recalls.
Hours later, after George left for work, his wife Azita, then 33, and a nurse spent hours force-feeding a mute and limp Clayton a liquid diet through a syringe; he’d lost the cognitive ability to chew, swallow, even defecate. But no matter how hard George and Azita worked, Clayton’s condition continued to deteriorate. They had tried every treatment they could find; nothing was helping their son.

The Fatherees had already taken Clayton to so many doctors that they’d lost track, researched every possible treatment, and devoted countless hours to his care. Now, with their conventional options exhausted, the Fatherees felt they had no choice but to consider a treatment that has prompted vociferous criticism from the scientific establishment, is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and could possibly worsen their son’s condition. But with Clayton fading away, did they really have a choice?


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