​3 Women Left Blind After Unproven Stem Cell Treatment

Three women are blind after undergoing an unproven stem cell treatment at a stem cell clinic in Florida, the Associated Press reports.

University of Miami professor Thomas Albini, along with some colleagues, treated each woman after her experience and describes the cases in a recent issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
The women, all in their seventies and eighties, had what Albini describes as “fairly” functional vision before the procedure, but paid $5,000 in 2015 to be treated for age-related macular degeneration. Each woman was injected in both eyes with a treatment prepared from her own fat tissue. By the next day, each woman suffered from a detached retina. One woman is now completely blind and the other two are legally blind.Two of the women reported going to the clinic because it listed a macular degeneration study on a federal database. However, the clinic later withdrew the listing without recruiting any participants. The clinic’s parent company U.S. Stem Cell, Inc. told the Associated Press that its clinics “have successfully conducted more than 7,000 stem cell procedures with less than 0.01 percent adverse reactions reported.”

Source: 3 Women Left Blind After Unproven Stem Cell Treatment

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