The Rikky Foresman stem cell story gathers steam: Williamsport, Pa. Sun Gazette article

ARTICLE ON RIKKY - SUN GAZETTE - 1-16-2014‘Blazin’ a trail’

Dad: Son develops feeling, increased motion in his legs after stem cell therapy

January 16, 2014
By RASHELLE CAREY (rcarey@sungazette.com) , Williamsport Sun-Gazette

http://www.sungazette.com/page/content.detail/id/601595.html

QUOTE FROM RASHELE CAREY’S ARTICLE

“Tuesday was the first day I’ve seen Rikky (since the procedure),” said Denise Lorson, Rikky’s physical therapist at the Children’s Development Center. “I noticed his legs were not as contracted and he was straighter at the knees. He has increased sensation in the legs and feet and he could tell which foot I was touching.”

Lorson also said Rikky has more voluntary motion in his legs.

“Before, when Rikky would stand in his walker, he would stand with both of his feet together,” she said. “His muscles were so tight, his feet would be on top of each other.”

On Tuesday, Rikky was able to lift his feet while standing so that they weren’t crossed.

“I truly was very very impressed,” Lorson said. “The fact that he is able to have feeling will help him to not get infections, to know when something is hurt or know when he has a scratch before it could get infected.”

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