An 11-year-old autistic boys has spoken his first ever sentence – just hours after having pioneering stem cell therapy.
Brit Danny Bullen, who lives with his parents in Tenerife, asked for food the day after the treatment.
His family now hope his speech will soon develop after the surgery in the US, which followed a huge fundraising campaign.
Danny, son of British writer Lee Bullen and Spanish teacher Irma Guanche, travelled to Miami in March, and will hopefully return later this year for follow-up treatment.
The day after the treatment, Danny said to his mum while picnicking on the beach: “Dame mas papas, por favor” – which means “Give me some more crisps, please”.
It was his first ever full sentence.
But in the weeks since the therapy, Danny has not spoken any more full sentences, and his parents have been told that it can take several months before noticing any real results.
Lee and Irma were delighted to see their fundraising drive pass the 10,000 Euro mark – the equivalent of £8,600 – after just two months.
Family members in Australia held an event which raised £2,150 and children’s charity Helping Hands in Tenerife donated £860.
Meanwhile, the Ave Fenix Masonic Lodge in Los Cristianos presented Lee with a cheque for £860 and the Blevins Franks Charitable Foundation donated £560.
The rest has come from individual donations on Danny’s GoFundMe page ‘Stem Cell Treatment for Non-Verbal Autistic Boy’.
Young Danny, who requires his family’s assistance for basic tasks such as using the toilet, has a gluten and lactose-free diet to improve a number of autoimmune disorders.
With the help of specialised groups and online communities, his parents heard about the fantastic results being achieved with autistic children in the field of adult stem cell therapy.
Lee, who wrote a book about coming to terms with Danny’s condition called ‘Beset’, said: “Doctors introduced umbilical cord blood stem cells with cells from my son’s bone marrow and adipose tissue.
“He had his first treatment in March, and the early signs are very encouraging. He is more alert and has already started to use a few new basic words and greetings.
“Undergoing stem cell therapy over two or three visits usually brings better results, which is why we hope to take Danny to the US at least twice.
“All symptoms related to ASD (Autism spectrum disorder) have completely disappeared in many young patients.”
However, while early studies have shown promise for stem cell therapy as a potential treatment for autism, scientists believe it is still in its infancy and say more research is needed.
Meanwhile, one parent of an autistic child, who preferred to remain nameless, told CEN that she only experienced “modest results” after her daughter underwent stem cell therapy two years ago.
Last month, Danny’s parents sent him to the Art and Science Surgicenter in Miami for treatment costing £11,425 and hope to travel again later this year for a £7,615 procedure.
Danny, who was diagnosed with autism in 2010 when he was two years old, is under the care of Dr Omar Lopez, who has many years of experience working with stem cell therapy.
To help with the costs, Danny’s parents have launched a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe where they hope to raise £26,500 for the two sessions and some of the travel and accommodation costs.
To support the family, go to www.gofundme.com/stem-cell-treatment-for-autistic-10yo-boy.
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