Ending the Suffering to.....

NECROTIZING FASCIITIS

Participants NEEDED!!

We are looking for study participants who are infected with necrotizing faciitis willing to try stem cell therapy.

What is Necrotizing Fasciitis?

Necrotizing Fasciitis, also known as flesh eating bacteria, is a bacterial infection that rapidly destroys skin, fat, and tissue on the muscle. This infection can be caused by multiple bacteria, well known are bacteria from the group A streptococcus which many people carry and is known for causing strep throat and other infections. People with weak immune systems, chronic health issues, cuts on their skin and/or surgical wounds, or recently had a viral infection causing a rash are at a higher risk of getting this infection. The infection is, although, rare but very serious, one in four people infected will die. Necrotizing fasciitis is spread through personal contact or contact with the saliva or mucus of an infected person. When treating flesh eating bacteria, antibiotics, which is usually not enough, is used with surgery. Many may lose body parts to this infection to prevent spreading. However the use of stem cells may be able to change this.

Diagram of Necrotizing Fasciitis Long Term Affect on Soft Tissue

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What are Stem Cells and How are they Beneficial?

What exactly are stem cells?

Stem cells are a class of undifferentiated cells that are able to differentiate into specialized cell types. These types of cells come from two sources such as embryos formed during the blastocyst phase of embryological development and adult stem cells. Stem cells have the ability to develop into many different cell types upon their need. Stem cells can be found in the bone marrow. There are two main types of stem cells. For example, embryonic stem cells and adult stem cells. Embryonic cells are deprived from embryos that develop from eggs that have been fertilized and then donated for research purposes. While adult stem cells are an undifferentiated cell, that are found in other differentiated cells in a tissue or organ. Stem cells can replace damaged cells which can stop the spread of disease.

How Can Stem Cells Help With This Infection?

Stem cell give the possibility to renew and replace almost any type of cell. When the flesh eating bacteria eat away at soft tissue it there is a possibility that stem cells can replace these damaged cells that are being eaten away at before the infection causes the need to remove the infected appendage. This idea has been tested on a man with flesh eating bacteria. Stem cells were used to save his foot. The experimental procedure done by Dr. Spence Misner kept 50 year old Bobby Rice from needing his foot amputated. Using a placenta membrane Dr. Misner performed a stem cell transplant. Misner says "When it was in contact with skin, it allowed skin to grow. When it was with fat, it allowed fat to grow. It also helped to regenerate his nerves to the point where Bobby is now ticklish. Before, he was totally neuropathic, meaning he was totally numb." Within months Rice was able to stand and move with a walker.
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