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Tripura’s 13yr old Soham Ghosh with Autism, finds speech & cognitive improvement after Cell therapy; is able to purchase things and go to the departmental store on his own.
NeuroGen Brain & Spine Institute Cell Therapy, a New Hope of Treatment for Autism.
Agartala, 30th March, 2019:
Nerul Navi Mumbai based, NeuroGen Brain and Spine Institute , which is India’s one of leading stem cell therapy cum rehabilitation centre, is offering new hope through stem cell therapy and rehabilitation for patients suffering from incurable neurological disorders.
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 Neurological Disorders like Autism, 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 over 6000 patients from over 60 countries.
NeuroGen Brain and Spine Institute is organizing a free workshop cum OPD consultation camp on March 30, 2019 in Agartala, Tripura for all Neurological disorders patients residing in Tripura. This camp is being organized to facilitate the patients as NeuroGen understands patients with spinal cord injury, muscular dystrophy, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, etc traveling is extremely difficult all the way to Mumbai for just consultation purpose. All those patients suffering from such incurable neurological disorders can contact for appointments for this free camp to Mona 09920200400 / Pushkala 09821529653.
Dr Nandini Gokulchandran, Deputy Director & Head Medical Services, NeuroGen Brain and Spine Institute said “Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is one of the commonest childhood neuro-psychiatric disorders. In the USA the incidence of Autism is 1 in 68 children. In India, it has been reported that 1 in 250 children have Autism and this number in increasing with better recognition and awareness of the condition.”
The shock of finding out that one’s child has autism is life-changing experience for most parents. Raising a child with autism is a constant challenge for parents and especially for mothers as its exhausting, exhilarating and a lonely roller coaster ride. Autism is a childhood disorder that results in speech problems, hyperactivity, aggressive behavior and difficulty in social interaction. Presently over one crore children in India are affected and being treated with drugs for symptomatic relief, special education, occupational speech and behavioral therapies. There are certain disorders, where despite the best available medical and rehabilitative treatments, till date, medical science has not been able to give the patients satisfactory relief in their medical and physical symptoms or help them to regain the abilities to integrate with society. Autism is one such disorder.
Dr Alok Sharma Professor & Head of Neurosurgery, LTMG Hospital & LTM Medical College, Sion Mumbai and Director NeuroGen Brain & Spine Institute said “A look at the development of the advances in the medical sciences shows that the solutions to difficult untreatable disorders have always come from a multi-disciplinary approach. It is only when people from different specialties pool their knowledge, skills and resources, that breakthroughs happen in incurable or difficult to treat medical conditions.”
Today we are presenting case of Mast. Soham Ghosh, 13 years, male, a resident of Agartala, Tripura. Soham was born a full-term delivery by a cesarean procedure. Maternal age was 21 years with no pre and post pregnancy and delivery complications, however the mother had a miscarriage 6 months prior to conceiving this child. No family history of Autism or related disorders. Soham was a healthy baby on birth and continued to grow till the age of one year. He started walking within the first year and all his milestones were normal. He started speaking few words by the completion of first year, but started showing deterioration later on. The actual cause stands unknown. Upon consulting various doctors and conducting various tests, Autism Spectrum Disorder was confirmed. Initially few allopathic medicine were started, however, fearing about the long term side effects, those were stopped and therapies such as occupational therapy, music therapy, etc. were started. Soham started attending mainstream school, but faced some difficulties in overall academics and social interaction. Soham responded to these therapies, however, there was still a lot of scope for further improvement. During early 2018, Soham’s father, Mr. Biswajit Ghosh, came across NeuroGen Brain and Spine Institute via social media i.e YouTube and placed an enquiry. He went ahead with online mode of consultation by sharing the medical reports and video of Soham. Upon receiving a positive feedback and understanding that there is increased scope of improvement in Soham by conducting Neuro Regenerative Rehabilitation Therapy (NRRT), Soham was brought to NeuroGen BSI for first round of treatment during July 2018.
The chief complaints found in Soham on examination were that his attention span was mood dependent. He required repeated instructions to follow commands and shows inconsistency following them. His learning was slow, cognition and problem solving skills were not age-appropriate. He could read and write, but comprehension was not age appropriate. He did not understand money concepts. He was stubborn and stilling tolerance was poor. He did not engage in independent or functional play, limited social interaction. Plays with younger children. He has tactile seeking behavior such as, randomly hugging, touching and kissing strangers. He attaches concrete meaning to words and lacks descriptive speech. Certain words spoken are slurred. Danger awareness and judgement of situation was not age appropriate. He was independent in toilet but needs post toilet hygiene prompts.
In July 2018, at NeuroGen Brain and Spine Institute, Soham underwent Stem Cell Therapy along with a customized rehabilitation program. The aim of the rehabilitation program was to develop cognition and understanding, therapies to reduce the hyperactivity and to increase the concentration, command following and to increase overall intellectual ability of the patient. He was given exercises that would help him improve understanding, address his behavior, sensory and motor issues. He was given a combination program with occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech therapy and psychological counseling under the guidance of the most experienced professionals in the field. This helped him to help develop his overall skills, abilities and overall development. These exercises carried out in a systematic pattern with enough rest intervals to the patient. Together, the aim of the rehabilitation program was to improve his overall quality of life.
The improvements seen in Soham post the stem Cell therapy were that his attention and concentration has improved. Studies for longer durations. Command following has improved, able to follow commands without getting irritated. Cognition has improved, he can now frame sentences and convey necessities accurately. Purchases groceries from departmental stores with minimal assistance. Social interaction has improved, plays with familiar same aged children. Stubbornness has reduced. Accepts and responds to new things positively. Problem solving has improved. Environmental awareness and rate of response towards danger is better than before. Speech has improved, in terms of clarity in voice and content spoken. Random and inappropriate (tactile) behaviors, agitated behavior and mood swings have reduced. Responses to danger and understanding and thereby responding to various situations has improved. Post toilet hygiene has improved.
Soham visits mainstream school, is a Grade IV student and is home taught by his educator. “We are leaving no stone unturned towards enhancing Soham’s wellbeing. NeuroGen BSI’s Stem Cell Therapy along with Neuro Rehabilitation has definitely helped me in this journey” says Soham’s parents, Mrs. Shanta and Mr. Biswajit Ghosh.
Impressed with the gradual improvement in Soham, his parents decided to conduct a second round of NRRT and accomplished the same during February 2019.
Dr Nandini Gokulchandran further said “In the past, Autism was basically treated by occupational therapists, psychologists, speech therapists and special educators. However, recent developments have highlighted the important role that physiotherapists have to play in the overall management of Autism. There are now available several scientific papers in international journals that highlight the importance of physical therapy in Autism. Recent publications have also shown the effectiveness of Stem Cell Therapy in Autism and this has opened up an entire new world of possible treatment options for these children. Not only have patients shown dramatic clinical improvements after stem cell therapy but post treatment investigations such as PET CT scans of the brain have shown objective improvements in the brain functions of these patients. Physiotherapists have played an important role in the post stem cell therapy rehabilitation of different neurological conditions.”
Dr Nandini Gokulchandran added “Autism causes impairments in higher mental functions and causes the children to be hyperactive and aggressive and so affects their social interactions. Speech, language and communication skill are severely impaired. These children cannot go to normal schools and are completely dependent on parents and caretakers for activities of daily living. Having a child with Autism severely affects the emotional , social and financial aspects of the entire family. It is more commonly observed in boys than girls. The onset of symptoms is generally noted before the age of 3 years in children, although in many cases it is noticed at a much older age. The exact etiology and pathophysiology remains poorly understood, however research has pointed to several possible factors, like genetics (heredity); metabolic or neurological factors, certain types of infections, prenatal or post natal environment, etc.”
Added Dr Alok Sharma, “Stem cell therapy is emerging as one of the newer treatment options for autism. This treatment has the potential to repair the damaged neural tissue at molecular, structural and functional level.”
For further editorial details, please contact Mrs. Pushkala S. on 098215 29653