The loving parents of a non-verbal autistic boy are hoping to send the 11-year-old to Miami for groundbreaking stem cell treatment and raise enough funds to cover the €30,000 costs.
Danny Bullen, who lives with his parents in Tenerife in the Spanish Canary Islands, was diagnosed with autism in 2010 when he was two years old after “his development and communication stopped almost overnight”.
The 11-year-old, son of British writer Lee Bullen and Spanish teacher Irma Guanche, travelled to Miami in March and will hopefully return in August for repeat treatment.
Young Danny, who is still unable to speak and requires his family’s assistance for basic tasks such as using the toilet, has undergone numerous tests, and benefits from a gluten and lactose-free diet to improve a number of autoimmune disorders.
With the help of specialised parents’ groups and online communities, Lee and Irma heard about the fantastic results being achieved with autistic children in the field of adult stem cell therapy.
Lee, who wrote a book about coming to terms with Danny’s condition called ‘Beset’, said: “Doctors introduced umbilical cord blood stem cells with cells from the my son’s bone marrow and adipose tissue. He had his first treatment in March, and the early signs are very encouraging. He is much more alert and has already started to use a few new words."
“Undergoing stem cell therapy over two or three visits usually brings better results, which is why we hope to take Danny to the US at least twice.”
In March, Danny’s parents sent him to the Art and Science Surgicenter in Miami for stem cell therapy costing $15,000 and hope to travel again in August for a $10,000-procedure.
Danny is under the care of Dr. Omar Lopez, who has many years' experience working with stem cell therapy, and travels to America with his mother and sister Nadia.
To help with the costs, Danny’s parents have launched a crowdfunding campaign where they hope to raise €30,000 for the two sessions, and some of the travel and accommodation costs.
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