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    Beijing - MK99's post OEC transplant report

    Greetings from Beijing:

    As some of you know I have been in Beijing for the past 10 days to have Dr. Huang's OEC cell transplant.

    My surgery was approximately 48 hours ago and went smoothly. It was expected to take approx. 2 hours but ended up taking closer to 6 hours because they were very carefuly not to damage or tear any muscle tissue in my back. It seems my muscle tissue is kind of in a strange location and they had to cut carefully all around it.

    Anyhow, because my MRI showed a lot of damage in the T2-T6 area (my main injury site is at T4), I asked Dr. Huang to use more cells than normal. He agreed to use 1.5million OEC cells vs. the 1.0 he usually uses. I also asked him to use Methylprednisolone (MP or Steroid) to see if there will be any benefit. His ASIA testing classification confirmed that I am an Asia A even though I had some very minor sensation well below my injury level.

    Needless to say, I am still pretty wiped out and feel very tired and sore all over my back and chest/ribs area. Better today than yesterday but I think it'll probably be at least 2 days before I am truly feeling much better.

    So far I have not noticed any very significant changes but of course it takes somewhere between 6-12 months for the benefits to plateau. I do, however, think I have better and more accurate feeling on my feet.

    The plan now is to repeat all the pre-surgical tests in approximately 10 days to document the trial properly. Following that, we woud like to see Tiannemen Squre, Forbidden City & Great Wall if possible. And then I wouldn't mind getting home as I miss my wife and my little monsters quite a bit.

    So: everything went OK and I hope to be home in a few weeks and start a very inense physiotherapy program including Suspended Treadmill Training and FES bike use.

    I may not be posting regularly here for the next few days as I need to sleep/rest.

    [This message was edited by mk99 on 11-26-03 at 03:44 AM.]
    "Oh yeah life goes on
    Long after the thrill of livin is gone"

    John Cougar Mellencamp

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    Great to hear you're doing well, Mike. Rest up - I know how those first 5-6 days can be.


      Way to go Mike! Glad to hear everything went well. We look forward to your updates.


        Cowabunga, Dude! Thank you for the report!!!!

        Here's to some return and some great sight-seeing. And a triumphant return home to the fam. [img]/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif[/img]

        ~See you at the SCIWire-used-to-be-paralyzed Reunion ~
        ~See you at the CareCure-used-to-be-paralyzed Reunion ~


          It seems my muscle tissue is kind of in a strange location and they had to cut carefully all around it.

          thats a liberal socialist muscle pattern...

          i think your type of injury will do well. i'd bet within 3 months you will have a high percent of return. i also like how you asked for more cells and for mp. we need more ppl who goes to get these treatments to push the science forward the way you did. great thinking.



            Congratulations - you're another brave pioneer!

            Keep us posted - I'm an Asia A mid thoracic injury too so I'm really interested to hear how the treatment affects you.


              Yo, like you need another cheerleader, well here he is anyway; and i'm mid-thoracic, too, so we got our eyes on ya boy!

              Hey make a comparison between the pain and suffering this time versus Cheng.

              Live for today, look to tomorrow
              Live for today, look to tomorrow


                Thank You for posting. Get some rest and . Have a good Thanksgiving, and we are so thankful for you and the others who have gone before you,my friend Cody T9 will be watching your post and praying for you.



                  I haven't been on the forum much lately, so I am shocked you have already had the "Beijing" procedure. I thought you were going in January of 04.

                  Your injury level, retained sensation, and ASIA classification are virtually identcal to mine. I will anxiously follow your progress.


                    Thanks for posting Mike.

                    Rest up and safe travels.


                      great news mike

                      tell them all that bob and karen said hello. i know your in excellent hands. if you have any questions, or just want to say hi, just send me an e-mail. bob


                        I too tought you were going in January of 2004, you really got me by surprise [img]/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif[/img]
                        anyways, good luck mate


                          Wow, Congratulations Mike.

                          I hope you have a successful and speedy recovery that exceeds your wildest expectations! Good for you.

                          I wish you all the best, and I am sure your wife and babies miss you too.

                          Good Luck.



                            Wow, I too thought you were planning on a possible next year trip. Congrats on doing this and I wish you the best! I will also be keeping a keen eye out for your reports as I am also a mid-T injury with a highly questionable cord as well. Best wishes!



                              Thanks for sharing this experience with us, and I will look forward to reading your updates along with the other members who have had this procedure in China. Good luck!

                              The test of success is not what you do when you are on top. Success is how high you bounce when you hit the bottom
                              --General George Patton

                              Complex problems need to be solved collectively.
                              ––Paul Nussbaum