NeuroGen Brain & Spine Institute helps Kupwara militant attack hero, Shaurya Chakra Awardee, 26 year old Captain Manish Singh from the Indian Army, gain functional Independence following severe paralysis from a bullet wound - with the help of path-breaking Stem cell therapy!
Mumbai, August 2014 : Rehabilitation of individuals suffering from injuries to the spinal cord is by far one of the most challenging for rehabilitation experts. New and ongoing research in the area of stem cell therapy of which India is a pioneering nation, have however shown renewed vigor in the treatment of that debilitating condition. Researchers all over the world find great hope in stem cell therapy (SCT) and it has been proved beyond doubt that the results of SCT coupled with good comprehensive rehabilitation works better in the rehabilitation of a patient suffering from seemingly incurable ailments.
Paraplegia affects the person’s functional independence and has a major impact on quality of life, sense of self worth and consequential social participation. Whilst it is generally expected that the degree of functional independence achievable is dependent on a person’s spinal cord injury level, a person’s neurological level should not be viewed as strictly predictive but rather as indicative of potential function.
Neurogen has been providing free treatment to the armed forces, the fire brigade and several other essential service personnel who have been incapacitated in the course of doing duty for the country. One such case happens to be of a 26 year old brave heart who fell prey to a militant's bullet and was rendered paraplegic thereafter. Captain Manish Singh, a 26 year old, who was recently awarded the Shaurya Chakra award , January 2013, at the hands of President Pranab Mukherjee had his tryst with destiny while he was posted in the Infantry division of Indian Army in Kupwara, Kashmir as part of a counter-insurgency plan. While on a field mission he shot down a fleeing militant before he himself felt a bullet hitting his side. The bullet that hit him was from a ricochet off the dying militabt's gun. He lost consciousness immediately thereafter and later found himself in the army hospital, completely paralysed from the waist down. After two operations to his spine, he was put under rehabilitative care at Pimpri Pune and that is where he heard of Neurogen's life altering treatment feats with stem cell therapy. Determined to try out every method available to gain back functional momentum, he approached the institute for help. Given no hope for a positive future, Captain manish Singh was surprised to learn that things could get better for him after stem cell therapy and comprehensive rehabilitation could bring about a positive change to his life. And he was not disapointed.
Captain Manish Singh , currently 26, sustained his spinal cord injury on 25th September 2012 at the age of 24, due to a gunshot. The injury occurred at the D-12 spinal level, making him paraplegic with loss of bowel and bladder functions. He was operated three days after the injury. The procedure used was exploratory laprotomy at the L1 vertebrae and bilateral thoractomy with canal decompression, pedicular screw and rod fixation at the D12-L2 level.
After these two operations, although his upper extremities were normal, there was severe trauma in the lower extremities. He suffered from loss of sensation and motor control before the navel where in even basic functions like sitting up on the bed and turning around were affected by loss of independence. He could not ambulate or stand with balance , even with the help of external aids.
One of his fellow army jawan's empathetic towards his terribly pathetic state, got in touch with NeuroGen Brain and Spine Institute and registered him for stem cell therapy and rehabilitation.
Dr Alok Sharma Professor & Head of Neurosurgery, LTMG Hospital & LTM Medical College, Sion Mumbai and Director NeuroGen Brain & Spine Institute said “At NeuroGen, he was put on an extensive rehabilitation program following stem cell therapy and was taught bed mobility techniques like rolling, getting up from lying down position as well as transfer techniques like transfer from bed to wheel chair and vice versa, wheelchair to car and so on. He was given gait training by a senior therapist of the institute who has trained more than 500 patients suffering from spinal cord injuries. Captain Manish was taught ambulation with walker and special aids like push knee splints and balance training to improve trunk balance. Immediately after stem cell therapy he showed several improvements. Currently, Captain Manish Singh is resident at the institute for a third batch of stem cell therapy cum rehabilitation treatment.”
For Captain Manish Singh, this was hope for a functional future if not a completely mobile one. But his Doctor and he himself have not given up. As Dr. Alok Sharma opines, 'The institute will not rest until Captain Manish Singh gets back full mobility in his legs and is able to get back in to his previous army life with renewed vigor and confidence in his body's abilities."
Manish Singh reiterated “I am extremely happy and satisfied personally that now I have become independent. I still aspire to do the same work as I was doing earlier before the injury But for now, I would like to start training again especially in shooting and want to represent the country at the Commonwealth and other sporting competitions while still on a wheelchair.”
Based out of Nerul, Navi Mumbai, NeuroGen Brain & Spine Institute, India’s first and only institute that offers not only just StemCell Therapy but also Rehabilitation as well. This 11-storeyed building is a superspeciality hospital and has 51 beds and with special rehabilitation therapy centres. Neurogen BSI has been set up to help patients suffering from incurable neurological disorders, get relief from their symptoms and physical disabilities by the use of stem cell therapy in a safe and effective way. NeuroGen BSI offers stem cell therapy and holistic rehabilitation for Autism and Neurodevelopmental disorders like cerebral palsy, mental retardation, brain stroke, muscular dystrophy, spinal cord injury, head injury, cerebellar ataxia, dementia, motor neuron disease, multiple sclerosis and neuropsychiatric disorders. Till date, the organization has already successfully treated 2000 patients from over 33 countries.
NeuroGen Brain & Spine Institute, unique international center of excellence for neurological disorders has been set up by Dr Alok Sharma, Professor & Head of Neurosurgery, LTMG Hospital & LTM Medical College, Sion, Mumbai. Dr. Alok Sharma is a world renowned Neurosurgeon, Neuroscientist and Professor who brings with him extensive surgical expertise & experience in the areas of Neurosurgery, Neuroscience and Stem cells.
Dr Alok Sharma further concluded saying “For all those millions of patients who had told by us earlier that nothing can be done medically for your illness, we can now say to you with reasonable confidence that with the availability of stem cell therapy and combined with neurorehabilitation, Achhe Din Aane Wale Hain! “.
Improvements seen in Captain Manish Singh after Stem Cells Therapy shot in detail :-
· Overall stamina improved
· Sitting balance improved than before; both long sitting and bed edge sitting. Earlier, he required to stoop or rest very often
· Can do roll over independently. Earlier, he used to roll over with support.
· His standing balance has improved than before. Earlier, he sued to sway sideways or fall short.
· He has initiated walking with push knee splints using walker in tandem again. He can walk in parallel bar with side rail support and push knee splints.
· Can do hopping which was not possible earlier
· He is independent with supervision for lower body dressing
· He can do independent transfer from wheel chair to bed at the same level, which was not possible before. His transfer stability has improved.
· His bed mobility has improved than before
He came for second SCT immediately after 6 months following the first SCT as had major improvements like strength in upper extremities, improved ambulation with elbow clutches, standing balance. The improvement improved can be put down as follows:-
· Increased strength in the upper body
· Walking balance has improved, now he can walk with special aids, he can also walk up and climb down the ramp with walker independently
· Walking endurance has improved and he can walk about for 1 1/3 hrs with a walker
· He can do pushups (50 setups twice) where as he was unable to do so earlier
· Sitting balance has improved, now he can retrieve object from the ground with one hand support and can do overhead activities.
· Improvement in trunk control
· Bathing with minimal assistance
· Independent transfers from same height
· Sitting and standing posture has improved
· Can independently maneuver himself and can independently cross curbs
· FIM score improvement from 71 to 80.
Captain Manish came in for a third SCT, in August 2014 and the results will be recorded on discharge of the third stem cell therapy shot.