Stem cell biotechnology is being harnessed to treat Ukraine’s war wounded. The People’s Project has secured the services of medical center that can help badly wounded ATO soldiers live as full a life as possible due to radical treatment that extends beyond the realms of conventional medicine and offers a much-improved long-term prognosis. The specialists at Kyiv-based Ilaya Medical Center are capable of regenerating lost sections of bone due to stem cell biotechnology.
Currently three fighters are waiting for regeneration treatment for bone loss, where otherwise they would have been doomed to life with permanent disability or a prosthetic if treated by conventional medicine.
“Usually loss of bone material is treated for no less than three years without a guarantee of success. Besides, usually there’s a high chance of complications,” Volodymyr Shevchun, head physician of the medical center, says. “The value of this technology is is in the application of autologous material – meaning the patient’s own tissue. Thus we are not fighting with the individual’s intolerance or rejection of other tissue. The rehabilitation process is easier when the patient’s own cells stimulate growth and regeneration of bone.”
The medical center is preparing to treat about 10 more wounded ATO fighters. Money to fund that is being raised by volunteers.
The volunteers fund the cultivation of the stem cells, rest of the work is to be done free of charge.
The average cost of 12 cm of regenerated bone is approximately US$10,000, however the specialists say this is still cheaper than treatment abroad.