Well Being

Stem Cell Therapy in Costa Rica

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The Florida parents of 7-year-old Matthew Faiella, who has autism, are taking him to Costa Rica at the end of this month for adult stem cell treatments. According to WESH.com, Daniel and Ruth Faiella say that they have seen “improved mental skills” in Matthew after trying many different therapies, “including a $20,000 hyperbolic chamber that allows Matthew to breathe in pure oxygen that his parents believe stimulates his brain cells.” Costs for the Costa Rica trip are, Daniel Faiella says, “‘depleting all of our funds'” and they are seeking donations.

There are currently no clinical trials underway in the US for using stem cell therapy for autism and stem cell treatment is not allowed in the US. Stem cell therapy is offered in Mexico and China, and have parents have reported “encouraging surprises” at first—–and then no more progress.ll