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Ryan is twelve and was born legally blind, but there is a treatment available for him now in China. We need your help to raise the money to get him there!
Ryan was diagnosed with Optic Nerve Hypoplasia (ONH) when he was 4 months old. ONH causes underdeveloped optic nerves with vision impairment and blindness. Ryan has low-vision and struggles with reading. He has to sit a few inches away to see the TV and computer. Doctors said there was nothing we could do to improve Ryan's vision, but we always had hope we could find a treatment.
Recently while researching we came across a site for umbilical stem cell treatments (non-embryonic) in China that can help with ONH. These treatments can re-grow undeveloped parts of the brain & nerves. People are coming back with amazing improvements and MIRACLES!!!
Ryan has been accepted for stem cell treatment at Shenzhen Hospital in Guangzhou, China. The total cost for treatment is $24,000, plus travel and expenses. Insurance won’t cover any of it! We are raising funds to give Ryan an opportunity for a better way of life. With what we have researched and heard we couldn't imagine not going. We are going to China from December 1-22 for the Stem Cell treatment.
We have received many generous donations from many family, friends and strangers. We are so blessed to have such kind people give of their hard-earned resources to help our son. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! We pray you will be doubly-blessed for helping Ryan. God bless you for your support!
Update: We went to China December 1-22, 2013 for Ryan's stem cell treatments. Ryan, hasn't had a change in his eyes but the doctors say we should be patient for the next 6 months. They told us to have his vision checked in three months.
When we were in China we saw a few wonderful improvements for some other patients. There was an 8 year old blind girl, named Rosalie, from Canada that started treatment a week before we left. After some stem cell treatments she was seeing more light and now she can see shadows. They put a Christmas tree in the common room and she is fascinated with the Christmas lights. She can see them, which she couldn't do before. She is also holding her head up by herself, before she always had her chin to her chest because there was no reason to hold it up. Amazing!
We also met three families with children who have cerebral palsy. There is a three year old boy from Greece that started treatments two weeks ago. His mother says since the treatments he has said 3 new words in one day. He also can grasp a lollipop, put it in his mouth and take it out again. She said he had never done any of those things before. There is another mom from the UK that brought her 2
year old son, George, for the second time this year for treatment. She said that his physical therapists said there was definite improvement since they came last January, so they came again for more treatments. The third family was from South Africa. They brought their 17 year old daughter. They said they had tried everything, along with hyperbaric oxygen treatment.