Hello, everyone. This is Hanna from [Verita Neuro]. I'm here with Ryan today. Please can you introduce yourself for those of our guests who do not know you?
How was your experience in Canada with hospitals and doctors? Is there a lot of awareness for SCI patients?
What were your initial thoughts when you learned about epidural stimulation? Had you heard about it from early after your injury or is it something you discovered later on?
Were you a little hesitant in the beginning? Did you have any fears about coming here?
Is it how you expected, regarding the hospital and everything?
Yes, we are hoping for that as well. Especially as we are working on your core control, which will be quite helpful for you going forward. I know it's your goal to join the team and play ice hockey on sledge.
Since you’ve come here you've had initial improvements, but you've gained quite a bit. We have your hip flexion and extension, knee flexion and extension and ankle as well. So how does it feel? What are your thoughts about it? Was it a shock for you to see it even though you were expecting this?
It is a complicated process. We're in the middle of mapping now which takes many hours - we're working with you maybe 4 to 6 hours every day. I know that you're expecting to do some more exercises by yourself and some more training, but it's difficult to squeeze it in, isn't it?
So in terms of your goals, I know core is important. But is there anything particular you expect from the treatment?
I think next week, we are planning to start the stepping program with you. It's a lot of work, many hours every day will be spent working on the mapping and device programming. But towards the end of your stay, we should be able to see a good range of improvements, which will be very functional for you.
There are several things you want to focus on - other than mobility, there are a range of other improvements available to you. I think today is your last stem cell injection. How was it for you?
It's very safe, we don't expect anything in terms of side effects other than maybe a mild headache. Stem cell treatment is something that can help you with your sensory functions, your bowel and bladder so at the end of the day, it's definitely worth it to give it a try.
Is there any message you would like to convey to other spinal cord injury patients watching you in Canada and all over the world?
We’d like to answer questions about how the therapy is done.
Then we also use stem cells as a supportive treatment. As much as the device helps with the motor functions, it does not do much for the sensory function so this is why we use stem cells alongside the surgery, just to make sure we target all of the areas that need improvement. We've seen many patients actually getting their sensation back, bowel and bladder function back and some sexual functions as well. It also helps to speed up the recovery, like a booster.