MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A 4-year-old Wisconsin boy with a rare skin disease has received a stem cell transplant in Minnesota.

Charlie Knuth of Darboy received the transplant Thursday at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital.

Charlie was born without the gene that binds skin together. Doctors hope the transplant will strengthen the boy’s skin.

A stem cell transplant is an infusion of cells, not a surgery. The first infusion of cells took place in Charlie’s hospital room and took about 30 minutes.

Charlie has epidermolysis bullosa, which causes his skin to blister. The disease has no known cure.

The stem cells needed for the treatment are derived from bone marrow and cord blood.

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Comments (11)
  1. PED Coon Rapids says:

    Whenever one talks about or reports about these kinds of cells, one should ALWAYS INCLUDE the identifier: adult or embryonic. The former gets results and are garnered without controversy. The latter, as far as I understand, have YET to produce helpful results anywhere AND cause the death of the human embryo. More funding should be going to research for the ADULT stem cells rather than to the embryonic.

    1. Billy Grahm says:

      PED Coon Rapids !!, If this was your child wouldn’t you do everything in your power to save his life? unborn baby
      ‘s or not ?

      1. PED Coon Rapids says:

        If, when you say ‘everything,’ you include taking the life of another (and totally innocent) human being — no, I would not.
        Thankfully, the child in this story was saved by utilizing the ADULT stem cells found in bone marrow and cord blood, as stated in the last line. I don’t understand why the reporter chose not to use the appropriate identifier, here.

      2. hbjon says:

        Check out the movie Reanimator. sometimes dead is better.

    2. Ericka Stewart says:

      the reporter probably didn’t mention it because we don’t ever use embryonic stem cells for transplant, making it a completely moot point. thus far, embryonic cells have only been used for research, and are not the reason for the fetus to have been aborted in the first place. they are used long after the fact, more than likely without the choosing party’s knowledge or consent (because it is legal to use human parts, even from grown humans, without knowledge or consent).

  2. Minnesota says:

    If this procedure can help this young man live a better life I say go for it!!

  3. Minnesota says:

    Stem cells are the future of health care!! So why don’t you take liberal arse and suck it??

  4. Christel Jensen says:

    Stem Cells are Bone Marrow, Peripheral Blood Stem Cell or Umbilical cord. Umbilical cord blood is not embryonic! Parents can choose to donate umbilical cord from live births to help saves lives. You can go to http://www.bethematch.org for more information.

  5. Biz says:

    Why does everything have to be political. Just because someone is liberal or conservative doesn’t mean they have to agree with everything their said “party” believes in. Some people like to think for themselves. and don’t always fall into the labels that the extreme politicals try to put on everyone. Hopefully this little boy is doing well and his stem cells are helping. Thank you Erika for stating “embyronic have only been used for research”-though some people don’t know the difference the reporter wasn’t required to say which type they were, and further more if they were using the “unapproved” embyronic stem cells you better believe they would let us know that they were trying that treatment and not the approved one.

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