In February 2014, I had a massive stroke while vacationing in Lake of the Ozarks. I was shopping and according to bystanders, I hit the floor and paramedics were called immediately. The next thing I remember was waking up in the hospital 8 days later.
The stroke left me confined to a wheelchair with life-altering injuries. I had left side neglect and could not use my entire left side from my shoulder to my toes. I began several years of physical therapy at different facilities, each one telling me, “you have plateaued, there is nothing more we can do for you.” I was devastated but would not give up hope. (Click here to watch Skip’s video of recovery).
My wife, Kathy, heard about the potential of using stem cells for stroke on the internet and called a clinic on the west coast to find out more. We thought they sounded so shady. They wanted a lot of money for just one treatment and the follow up was only by phone. So, we put it on the back burner. As time went by, I became more discouraged. I felt the physical therapists didn’t want to spend time with me and I heard time and again I “wasn’t improving.” No one was paying attention to my left arm and hand that I could not move. I had given up trying to walk and every time I left physical therapy I faced the fact that they had given up on me.
I had my first stem cell treatment at Ozzie Smith IMAC Center in September 2016 and began a customized physical therapy program at the clinic right away. I have gone from being confined to a wheelchair without use of my left side, to being able to walk with a cane and move my arm. I have regained use of the muscles in my left ankle and am able to put weight on my left leg and climb stairs. Kathy and I feel my recovery is remarkable. It has to be the stem cells in combination with the customized physical therapy. Going from a wheelchair to walking again and using my left arm is a dream come true.
Sandy Miller, lead physical therapist at Ozzie Smith Center, is one significant reason behind Skip’s incredible recovery. Sandy helped design his treatment protocol including the autologous stem cell transplantation and physical therapy to stimulate new cell growth and neuromuscular regeneration. After years of working in physical therapy without the addition of stem cells, Sandy is amazed at what the combination can achieve.” You don’t see these types of results in stroke patients two years later. He literally is walking on his own and starting to move his left arm. Prior to stem cells, Skip had never actively moved his arm on his own. At Ozzie Smith Center, we never give up hope of patients seeing results like this.”