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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, March 09, 2008

Stem Cell Therapy Moved to Qingdao, China

Qingdao, Here We Come
Joseph recieved word this week that his stem cell therapy was being moved from Shenyang to the city of Qingdao in in eastern Shandong province, People's Republic of China. In the Google earth image on the right, you can see Qingdao's relationship to Beijing to the Northwest. The treatment dates may shift slightly as well, we may leave a few days earlier. More to come as we get more info. Tim and Gloria have a good friend Jim Ely living in Qingdao, teaching English at a university there.

The city is quite an interesting mix of European and Asian influence. The Germans occupied Qingdao at the end of the 19th Century and afterwards the Japanese controlled it. The city reverted to Chinese rule in 1922. It is the site of the Sailing events of the 2008 Olympics. Joseph and Tim are engaged in learning everything about Qingdao and practicing some Mandarin Chinese words and phrases, all that in the midst of trying to make the necessary financial arrangements. Beike Biotech sent us a photo of the nurses station in the hospital where the treatment occurs (right) it looks very modern.

Click on the panorama below, it's really great. It gives you a good view of the city from Laoshan, a famous Taoist mountain overlooking the city.

Joseph and Utah Government
Joseph received a nice note from the Exec. Dir. of the State Office of Rehabilitation expressing thanks for his testimony before the appropriations committee (click to read it). He also keeps things going at home whenever his niece and nephews visit (see last photo).


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Mar 10, 2008, 9:18:00 PM  
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Mar 15, 2008, 11:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Qingdao said...

Joseph, welcome to QD. If you can give us any advice we would be happy to share it with all of our readers.


Apr 7, 2008, 6:23:00 PM  
Anonymous tyler said...

to joe, matt and tim....... hope all is going well!!!!!!! i appreciate the remarks of the patriarch... what a great spirit he possesses.... may the LORD be with you and guide you in this wonderful adventure..... peace be with you...

tyler and pam

May 16, 2008, 8:47:00 AM  

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