On November 13, 2012, we had the privilege of heading back down to Nova Cells Institute in Mexico for another stem cell treatment for our son Spencer. He has been doing great since the last treatment and we wanted to keep up his progress and see more improvements. We were excited because this treatment would be new for Spencer in the sense he would be getting stem cell “Beacon (or homing) Factor” which was developed by NCIM’s chief biochemist, Abel Pena.
The day was perfect! We enjoyed a leisurely breakfast and spent the morning by the pool basking in the sunshine and warmth. Abel and Grace picked us up at the hotel and it was like being reunited with family after more than a year. We made the trip to Tijuana in record time and got into the hospital where the doctors were waiting for Spencer’s arrival. Once we checked in, we were settled into our room and Spencer was taken to the OR (Operating Room) for his treatment. As usual, Abel was in the OR with him which helped him to relax.
Within 30 minutes or less, Spencer came back down and was taken to the recovery room. The MDs told us the procedure went well and he needed to lay flat for 30 minutes or so. Spencer was groggy and still wondering when he was going to get his treatment! We had to explain several times that his treatment was over and that he had received the stem cells. Within an hour, he was drinking juice and eating small bites of food (mostly Jell-O to feed the stem cells with some sugar). He generously gave his sherbet to his big brother and proceeded to play video games and watch movies.
By 4:30 pm we were able to get him dressed and ready to leave. Abel and Grace picked us back up and we headed out for dinner at a local restaurant. Following dinner, we visited a local shopping mall for a bit of Mexican atmosphere and treats, and then headed back across the border into the US. Everything went so smoothly – we know God was with us the entire time!
Since the procedure, we have seen so many changes in Spencer from growth spurts to more muscles firing. His legs are better aligned in his hips – specifically, the muscles in the right leg are firing evenly instead of pulling his right leg outward. He has started to bend his left knee and wiggles his toes more and it is much easier for him to get to his knees and maintain a kneeling position. He even told me last week that “he is wiggling his toes” when he usually says “my toes are wiggling”. The changes we see are new and exciting and seem to be happening with each and every passing day.
We thank God for the knowledge and caring hearts He’s given to Abel and Grace Pena and all the people connected with NCIM. We are also thankful that we’ve been able to take Spencer for two treatments and can’t wait to see what new things he’s going to do tomorrow and the day after!