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Posted 2018-01-10T20:44:00Z

Lincoln's First Stem Cell Transfusion

I'm not sure who is still following this blog, but we wanted to give you all an update.  


Lincoln was accepted to participate in a clinical trial at Duke University to test the benefits of using donated stem cells and receiving multiple doses of stem cells.    

https://pediatrics.duke.edu/news/umbilical-cord-blood-improves-motor-skills-some-children-cerebral-palsy


Well, after jumping through many hoops and months of anxious waiting, the day has finally come.  Lincoln received a transfusion of his oldest brother's umbilical cord blood today. The effects of the treatment are not immediate and will take some time. We understand that there may be little or even no effect after the transfusion but we are praying for a miracle.  They didn't use all of the saved cord blood, so if we see positive results, we can bring him back to get the rest.  

There are success stories floating around from patients that participated in the earlier studies and we are praying that Lincoln becomes one of the next success stories.  

https://youtu.be/jSx--MKqnzA


Yes, we want to improve our son's quality of life, but we also hope that what is learned from Lincoln and other patients participating in this study helps stem cell treatment become the primary treatment for brain injuries.  Occupational and physical therapy can only help so much but hopefully stem cells are the key to help repair the damaged portions of the brain which has been impossible in the past.


There are so many people who have helped us get to this point and we thank you.  We have learned that there are so many people who love and care for us.  Just caring was enough, but you have gone out of your way to help us.  Prayers, time, donations, fundraiser organizing, baby-sitters, food, clothes, hugs, shoulders to cry on...I can't even think of all they ways we have been helped, but thank you.

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Comments (4)

  • Andi Hudson
    Andi Hudson

    Missy~ I am soooo glad you made the decision to collect cord blood. We did this with our first child as well, with the hope that we would never have to use it, but with the understanding that there were so many positive possibilities if it were necessary. We have been praying fervently for you all and will continue to do so. Many hugs and much love~ andi

    one year ago · Reply
  • Scotti fralicks
    Scotti fralicks

    missy and Hayden, I am setting here reading this and crying, so many miracles in medicine and he is already a miracle.... blessings to you’ll and I will pray deligently everyday... hugs and love... scotti

    one year ago · Reply
  • Roxanne Adams
    Roxanne Adams

    Thanks Katie for the update. I was wondering if baby Lincoln’s transfusion was over. Praying that this treatment works & God’s will be done. May God’s love, comfort, & peace be felt by all during this time.

    one year ago · Reply
  • Wynell Wilson
    Wynell Wilson

    Thank you so much for this update on baby Lincoln. I will continue to pray for the Baker family; please give them my love. Wynell Wilson

    one year ago · Reply