Thursday, April 18, 2013

Pontifical Hero Award

Adult stem cells helping teen with 'brittle bone disease' grow
Pope Benedict XVI waves to participants in an earlier Vatican conference on research using adult stem cells. CNS photo / L'Osservatore Romano via Catholic Press Photos.
A girl whose bones used to break every two months was awarded for her courage in successfully battling her disease during a stem cell research conference at the Vatican. Catholic News Agency has a story:

"It feels amazing to win an award like this," said Elizabeth Lobato, who was given the Pontifical Hero Award April 11 at the Second International Adult Stem Cell Conference in Vatican City.

Elizabeth was diagnosed with osteogenesis imperfecta, commonly known as brittle bone disease, when she was just 10 months old. People affected by illness, which is caused by a genetic defect, often suffer from muscle weakness, hearing loss, loose joints, curved bones, scoliosis, brittle teeth, and short stature.

The teenager has grown over 13 inches since she began the adult stem cell treatment that involves her receiving bone marrow-derived stem cells from her father.

For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

1 comment:

  1. very inspirational !!! Matthew 9:26..." all things are possible with God "...


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