Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018

Controversial stem-cell treatment to continue for toddler


(ANSA) - Venice, August 31 - A Venice court on Friday
ordered controversial stem-cell treatment on a toddler from
Venice, believed necessary to save her life, to continue in a
Brescia hospital.
The treatment had resumed a week ago on a judge's order
after they were halted by a probe in May.
Celeste Carrer is the two-year-old at the centre of a
controversy involving the treatment.
Infusions of adult stem cells taken from the child's mother
resumed under the care of pediatrician Dr. Marino Andolina.
Over the past year and a half, Celeste has received
stem-cell transplants from her mother's bone marrow to treat her
spinal muscular atrophy, which causes the toddler's muscles to
waste away.
Celeste was reportedly able to move her neck, arms, and
legs following an earlier treatment.
However, her treatments were halted in May when a Turin
prosecutor launched an investigation into the Stamina
Foundation, the stem-cell research group that carried out her
treatments at the Brescia hospital.
Police raided the hospital in May, blocking treatment for
numerous other patients, according to staff.
The case returns to the courtroom next Tuesday, when judge
Margherita Bortolaso, who had allowed this week's treatment to
resume, will make a final ruling.
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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