Rowan's Autism Stem Cell Treatment

Our son’s name is Rowan.  He has autism spectrum disorder and is bipolar.  He takes seven medications every day just to control his tantrums and mood swings.  The medications have taken a toll on his body to the point where he can’t even take something as benign as ibuprofen because of the damage it could do to his liver.

We fear we are losing him to his developmental disability.  More and more he lives in the fantasy world of his stuffed animals proclaiming that he is a “happy bird” while flapping his arms.  His doctors assure us that it is not a symptom of psychosis but rather a coping reaction to anxiety.

But that’s his illness; it’s not who he is.  Rowan is a child of eleven whose favorite toys are his Angry Birds.  He enjoys jumping on his trampoline and riding his bike.  He is outgoing to a fault, hugging the greeters at Wal-Mart and waving to every passing car while waiting for the school bus.  He’s very smart and last year earned a place on his school’s honor roll.

We need your help.  Rowan’s illness already has led to his hospitalization several times in his young life.  Although we have insurance, the co-pays alone for his continued treatment forced us into bankruptcy this past year.  At a recent check-up where Rowan had a downturn, his doctor confided that Rowan would most likely spend the rest of his life in and out of hospitals.

However, there may be a light at the end of the tunnel.  Rowan’s best friend in the whole world, a child who had a diagnosis similar to his, had stem cell treatment.  It totally turned him around.  Where his friend once took five medications, he now only takes one to help him sleep.  Where he once had aggressive outbursts, he now is calm and placid.  And most amazingly, his cognitive awareness has improved by leaps and bounds.

We understand that stem cell therapy is a new and still experimental therapy, but we believe it can help our son.  The initial results of stem cell therapy have been promising.  Two conditions which are commonly found in the brains/bodies of autistics are immune abnormalities and altered inflammatory responses.  The introduction of mesenchymal stem cells can regulate the immune system and help to reverse inflammatory conditions.

There are many worthy causes on this site and we cannot begin to argue why you should choose to give to our son’s cause over another.  We can only attest to our truest desire for son and our family: that his illness does not make him dependent on society for the rest of his life and that instead he will have the ability to contribute to the world with all his gifts.
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Jessica Everett 
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