Wyatt’s stem cell treatment

Hello all. I know there are a lot of Go Fund me pages out these days, but this one is very near and dear to my heart. In November of 2003 my older brother Wyatt was attending a party with his friends. The events of that evening would forever alter the course of not just Wyatt’s life, but our entire family. Towards the end of the evening an altercation occurred and while protecting his friends Wyatt was stabbed in the back of the neck, unbeknownst to him, cutting a ligament in his spine. Moments later as he fled to a friends truck, he unfortunately didn’t make it all the way in before his friend accelerated, Wyatt fell out, hit his head and broke his neck. It was at that moment he realized he couldn’t move. His friends immediately picked him up and rushed him to the hospital where he stayed for 5 months. That year he spent his 21st birthday, Christmas, and New Years in the hospital. Wyatt is quadriplegic, but his injury is complex. It is considered an “incomplete injury” meaning his legs are typically numb and he has no control of them but every once in a while he has a little bit of feeling and/or a little bit of movement. Unfortunately neither are consistent or functional enough for him to take advantage of. The backside of his arms are numb including his hands but his biceps and the tops of his forearms function normally. Thankfully no brain damage occurred and Wyatt has learned to live with his new disabilities. He has earned his AA in IT and is passionate about music & sports. Due to the extent of his injury his treatment options have been very limited in our area. There are no doctors that specialize or treat his type of spinal cord injury in Sacramento but thanks to modern medicine there are a lot of options available in other areas and Wyatt has researched all of them (if you know Wyatt you know how he is about research) so after literally years, he has decided to give stem cell therapy a shot. Unfortunately it’s not that easy though, not only is it not covered by insurance but it’s also not approved in the United States. There is an amazing facility in Panama City, Panama called Stem Cell Institute (https://www.cellmedicine.com) with a 30 Day treatment program that includes stem cell therapy, physical and occupational therapy. This facility has an astonishing success rate. I think it is also important to note that this facility uses ethically harvested stem cells. The stem cells they will use will come from Wyatt’s hip and from post birth umbilical cords. With treatment and travel expenses for the month it is going to be VERY expensive. Please help us in raising the funds for this life changing treatment for my brother. Anything helps and if you can not donate, sharing is also very helpful. Thank you for taking the time to ready his story and for any amount of contributions you can make.
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Sara Russell 
Orangevale, CA
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