Michaela Sky

OVERVIEW

Name: Michaela Rodrigues
Diagnosis: Cerebral Palsy, Secondary dystonia
D.O.B: 13 March 2000
Gender: Female
Country: Australia

Treatment: Stem Cell Treatment, traditional Chinese medicine and physical therapy

History:

Michaela is the first surviving twin with Secondary Dystonia (Cerebral Palsy), she was born premature 16 weeks and was bombarded with too much oxygen and steroids, hence some of her neurons were blocked and not switched on. She was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, Secondary Dystonia. She was admitted to Beijing Puhua International Hospital for stem cell treatment.

Medical Condition before Stem Cell Treatment for Cerebral Palsy:

Michaela has a weak trunk and midline, needs support to keep her upright. Her speech was slurred and quite slow. No obvious limitation was noted in neck rotation, but this movement was limited in flexibility. Her hands lock in and spasms.  Her legs do the same thing, mainly her right side. When feeding her she startles easily, which triggers of her hands and legs shaking. Muscle tone of the limbs was increased, especially on the left side. She could hardly raise her arms spontaneously. She could not cooperate during muscle strength examination. Tendon reflexes were active in upper limbs, and hyperactive in lower limbs.

Stem Cell Treatment for 24 days:

After admission, several medical protocols were applied, including stem cell treatment to repair the injured neural cells, medical improvement of cerebral circulation, nutrition and metabolism, combined with traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), rehabilitation therapy, as well as symptomatic and supportive treatment.

Physical condition After Stem Cell Treatment for Cerebral Palsy:

The patient’s general condition is improving. She can speak more clearly and fluently than before Stem cell Therapy. The holding power and active activity of neck, trunk and limbs are all obviously improving, with less involuntary movements, and neck movement is becoming more flexible. Even after oral Baclofen was discontinued, the muscle tension of all four limbs is still becoming less hypertonic. The range of passive movement in four limbs is improving significantly. Active and spontaneous lifting of her arms, as well as stretching-flexing of the fingers, are improving, so she is able to intentionally touch her iPad using her finger. She is getting better able to sit by herself in bed using the support of her arms. Know more in the follwing video!

 

Michaela's father Christopher Rodrigues writes:

Michaela is the FIRST Surviving Twin of 16 weeks premature birth , to STILL be ALIVE today and Thriving with STEM CELLS, Since her first procedure in China 2009. My wife wendy and I want to HIGHLIGHT & remind people, especially the experts in the medical field who are quick to generalize our daughter’s condition in order to justify their theories. Our daughter IS NOT ANOTHER DIGIT TO ADD TO THEIR STATISTICS!  Since the day our MIRACLE BABY GIRL came into our lives she has ENRICHED our lives in so many ways.
 
Since day one, the medical experts have tried to dictate to us what is best for our daughter (drugs and more drugs)…BECAUSE THEY DO NOT KNOW ACTUALLY WHAT IS WRONG WITH OUR DAUGHTER.  They are ticked off because Wendy and I have always STEPPED OUTSIDE THE BOX and disregarded their so-called medical advice. 
  
Had we taken their advice and given her Deep Brian Stimulation, Botox, Intrathecal Baclofen Pump (may cause drowsiness, weakness, dizziness, headache, seizures, nausea, vomiting, low blood pressure, constipation, confusion; just what this child needed!---ed)  and other drugs to help her condition, I am convinced our daughter would have been worse off than she is now.
 
So our strong advice to all parents raising a child with a disability is...do your homework and research and really get to understand your child and your child's needs.  Parents live with their child 24/7… doctors and the medical teams do not...and not to feel intimidated by anyone concerning the wellbeing of their child.
 
We are grateful to the medical experts for their ongoing support, though we need them, at the same time the medical experts really need to look past the medical wall and take the time to really listen to parents raising a child with a disability, and not to treat them as parents not knowing what they are talking about, at the same time respecting what the parents are saying regarding their child.
 
When the reporter returned to our home last Wednesday for the follow up article, she and the photographer were ever so surprised when they saw a BIG DIFFERENCE in our princess after her stem cells treatment.  Wendy and I are over the moon about the improvement in our precious daughter's condition after stem cell treatment. Wendy and I “HIGHLY RECOMEND ALL PARENTS RAISING A CHILD WITH A DISABILITY TO INVESTIGATE STEM CELL TREATMENTS. THEY HAVE TO GIVE THEIR CHILD A CHANCE!
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