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This blog is a record of events in the life of Joseph Taggart and his family since his spinal cord injury while body surfing in Guatemala in January 2006.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

In the News - December 9, 2007

On Monday, after class at the University of Utah, Joseph was interviewed by Ed Yeates of KSL-TV. The link to the story is here: - Utahn Traveling to China for Stem Cell Transplant. It was shown on Channel 5 news at 6 PM that night. Many have commented on seeing the story. Some thought it indicated that the China trip was being funded by the Christopher Reeve Foundation and IHC -- no, but they have donated money to Neuroworx. (We still need to come up with 40-50k by May 1st).

The same day in the mail Joseph received a letter from Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). Click on the letter to read it. He and Joseph had a visit after a fireside where Sen. Hatch spoke, earlier this year. They had an engaging conversation about stem cell therapy and Sen. Hatch's enlightened position on the issue (Hatch Introduces Human Cloning Ban, Stem Cell Research Act). He asked Joseph to keep in touch. The letter was thoughtful and impressive. It refers to the story in the news about exciting advancements in stem cell research (see story Skin Cells Converted to Stem Cells in the Wash Post or Stem Cells from Skin Cells: Scientific American).

Friday Joseph began as the subject of a study by five Uof U Physical Therapy Masters Degree candidates. They joined him at Neuroworx where they began their initial evaluations. They began with a history of the accident and his progress since, then they measured a full range of Joseph's physical capabilities. They will continue with the initial assessment next week and will follow his progress during the next month of intensive physical therapy. They will also reassess developments before and after the stem cell treatments in China.
The group from right to left are Jan Black (MS, PT, Clinical Director, Neuroworx), Becky Lund, Tyler Snow, Justin Carrier, Brian Smith, and Bonnijane Black. They will put together a plan and work with Joseph's therapy during the coming month and follow up in the months ahead.


Anonymous Regen (Rehder) Knoebel said...

That is so interesting and exciting about the stem cell treatment. My husband, Matt is finishing up at the U's physical therapy program, so it will be interesting to see how the stem cell treatment helps and how physical therapy will play a part in that.
Sorry I am horrible at keeping in touch, but you can look at our blog at Love you. Good luck, Joseph!

Dec 11, 2007, 1:47:00 PM  

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