Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018

Judge orders stem-cell treatment for toddler, ruling delayed


(ANSA) - Venice, August 22 - A Venice court on Wednesday
decided to allow controversial stem-cell treatment for a
two-year-old girl in order to save her life while a final
decision on her care was put off until next week.
Lawyers representing the family of toddler Celeste Carrer
said judge Margherita Bortolaso ordered "an immediate infusion
of stem cells with the method already applied".
The judge put off a final ruling until August 28.
Over the past year and a half, Carrer has received
stem-cell transplants from her mother's bone marrow to treat her
spinal muscular atrophy, which causes her muscles to waste away.
The toddler reportedly was able to move her neck, arms and
legs after treatment before a Turin prosecutor launched an
investigation into the Stamina Foundation, the stem-cell
research group that carried out her treatments at a hospital in
Brescia, northern Italy.
Police raided the hospital in May, blocking treatment for
numerous other patients, according to staff.
Stem-cell treatment, which is legal in Italy in
life-threatening instances, is contentious since it sometimes
involves the destruction of a human embryo.
Italy banned the use of embryos in stem cell research in
2004 and in 2007 Italian researchers obtained adult stem
cells they said were just as good as embryonic ones.

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