Teen Feels 'Hopeful' After Experimental Stem Cell Procedure on Damaged Heart - Cincinnati Children's Blog

Teen Feels ‘Hopeful’ After Experimental Stem Cell Procedure on Damaged Heart

Doctors in the Heart Institute are using an experimental stem cell procedure to preserve 19-year-old Caleb Sizemore’s heart function. Sizemore has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, which leads to scaring on his muscles, including his heart.

“We’re going in and trying to reverse the scar tissue and potentially even mitigate the new development of scar tissue,” said John Jefferies, MD, MPH, FAAP, FACC, director, Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy. “If we can preserve his cardiac function he has a fantastic outlook.”

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