The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – Stem cell treatments in Cuba have benefited some 6,195 patients since it began its implementation in 2004 up until last June, reported the Granma newspaper.
In recent years, Cuba extended the regenerative treatments to 14 of its 15 provinces where cases have been treated mostly in the specialties of angiology, orthopedics and traumatology.
Dr. Porfirio Hernández, a pioneer in the introduction of stem cells in the country, noted the promising results they are having with arterial insufficiency patients with, avoiding amputations for these patients between 60 and 80 percent of the time.
According to Hernandez, in Cuba there are also encouraging resultes for other problems such as bone cysts, complex fractures, degenerative joint injuries, paraplegia by spinal trauma, myocardial infarction, and chronic neurological damage.
Research on the potential of stem cells began in Cuba in 2003 and cell therapy for regeneration of other tissues became operational in 2004, first in angiology and later for heart disease.
The Costa Rica News (TCRN)
San Jose, Costa Rica