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Lung Institute Patient sees Progress from Cellular Therapy
Tampa, FL (June 16, 2015) – Lung Institute patient Susan M. received cellular therapy from the Lung Institute on February 9, 2015. Susan owns a horse farm in Texas which requires a lot of hard work on a day-to-day basis. Caring for the farm had become more difficult, almost impossible, for Susan after she developed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). She worried that she would have to give up doing what she loved most. After undergoing cellular therapy at the Lung Institute, however, Susan has found continued improvement in her lung function and ability to do daily tasks without becoming short of breath.
The day before treatment, February 8, 2015, Susan was on several daily medications plus supplemental oxygen 24 hours a day. She set the tank on level three for normal daily tasks, and had to bump that number up to four when doing more strenuous activities like riding horses. When she did get the chance to ride, Susan was only able to canter or trot the horses for very short periods of time before having to stop to catch her breath. She had to take a large amount of medication on a daily basis just to survive, taken both morning and night: 500/50 of Advair AM and PM, Spiriva AM, 10 mg. of prednisone daily, plus various allergy medications. Caring for her lung disease had taken over Susan’s life. After a period of taking these expensive medications and hauling an oxygen tank around all day and night, Susan started to search for alternative options. That’s when she found the Lung Institute.
Seeing Results after Cellular Therapy
Susan received cellular therapy on February 9th through the 11th of this year. On the afternoon of the 10th, she decided to do a little walking and sightseeing after her cellular therapy that day. When she parked the car to get out for sightseeing, however, she realized that her oxygen tank was empty. She filled the tank up with a reserve tank that she keeps in the car, which requires a person to wait 15 minutes before use. Rather than wait, Susan decided to try to walk around. “I walked for about 15 minutes, which totally amazed me. I was out of breath, yes, but I was able to walk whereas normally that would not have happened,” she said. This was only the beginning of the improvements that she noticed.
The first time Susan rode her horses after treatment, she was able to ride for a much longer period of time, no longer gasping for air. Per the recommendation with her pulmonologist, she was able to drop her medication doses in half, reducing down to 250/25 Advair AM and 5 mg. of prednisone.
Susan remains active, tending to daily chores on her horse farm and frequently hitting the gym. “I know it’s hard to exercise when it’s hard to breathe, but IT WORKS!” she says. “I can tell you for sure, that the exercise and strengthening really helps! If you folks could get this word out to your other patients, I can guarantee it helps.”
A great way to measure lung function is using a pulse oximeter. A reading of 95 percent or higher is normal, whereas a reading of 92 percent or less indicates lung disease and typically supplemental oxygen is required. Prior to cellular therapys, Susan’s pulse oximeter reading was 93 at the highest with the supplemental oxygen. Shortly after the treatments, the reading was hovering around 95. Six weeks after treatments, she had a reading of 99 percent. She is also able to move around without using supplemental oxygen. “I am still wearing the oxygen, but whenever I am in the house and not doing anything strenuous, I do not,” she said.
Susan is very happy with the progress that she has seen after undergoing cellular therapy at the Lung Institute. She does, however, understand that the progress will not last long term without additional treatments and continuing with a healthy, active lifestyle. However, Susan is adamant that the treatment was worth the cost, as she has regained her ability to exercise and ride her horses, two things that she loves. Until there is a cure for lung disease, cellular therapy is here to bring life back within reach.
About the Lung Institute
If you or someone you love is in a similar situation, the Lung Institute might be able to help. At the Lung Institute, we are changing people’s lives across the nation through the innovative technology of regenerative medicine. We recognize the challenges of finding effective and sustainable treatment options for patients who might be suffering from debilitating lung diseases, and we are committed to providing patients a more effective way to address pulmonary conditions and improve quality of life. Our goal is to help patients breathe easier and bring life back within reach.