Family Research Council

Adult Stem Cells Help Rob Waddell Beat Kidney Disease


By Tony Perkins
February 14, 2014

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How do you explain a successful kidney transplant without the patient taking a single anti-rejection drug? Adult stem cells, that's how! Hello, I'm Tony Perkins with the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. For Rob Waddell, there was no choice but a kidney transplant for his polycystic disease. Usually in kidney transplants, patients have to take large doses of drugs for years so that their body doesn't reject the new organ. But in a lot of ways, that's a double-edged sword, because the drugs can eventually damage the transplanted kidney. Rob tried to beat those odds by signing up for a clinical trial, where he received bone marrow adult stem cells from his donor-in addition to the kidney. The result? The adult stem cells became a part of Rob's immune system, and "retrained" his body to recognize the donated kidney as his own. Now, Rob lives a completely active life--without the risks of anti-rejection drugs--all because of the adult stem cell transplant! You can hear Rob's story and others' at StemCellResearchFacts.org.

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