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Twelve years ago, Al C. was exposed to toxic fumes in the workplace, and was subsequently diagnosed with interstitial lung disease and bronchiectasis, a form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). These serious pulmonary conditions had a major effect on Al’s life. Shortness of breath, coughing, reliance on supplemental oxygen and fatigue were taking a toll. Al loves running his horse farm in upstate New York, but everyday tasks were taking longer and longer to complete. He needed more and more supplemental oxygen. Al’s quality of life had taken a sharp turn downward.
Three months ago, Al decided to travel to Florida to undergo cellular therapy at the Lung Institute. He was seeking an alternative treatment, and cellular therapy works to cue the body’s natural healing processes in damaged lung tissue. He drove to the Tampa in his RV from his home in Trumansburg, NY.
Al received treatment from his own cells through a minimally invasive stem cell procedure that extracted cells from him, and then reintroduced the cells intravenously. At the Lung Institute, we use cells from the patient’s own body, so there is not a risk of rejection. There is no controversy, because it is not embryonic, umbilical cord or donor cells. The stem cell procedure takes a few hours a day for 3 days in a row.
The Lung Institute’s medical team is with patients every step of the way. “Everybody was professional and courteous, I’ve called Jaime [the Lung Institute’s nurse practitioner] with a few questions,” said Al of coming to the Lung Institute. “Overall, it’s been a great experience.”
Following treatment, Al is feeling better. He is getting back to the routine at his horse farm. Prior to treatment at the Lung Institute, Al would use 5 to 6 liters of continuous oxygen to get his outdoor farm work done. Now, Al is able to do these daily chores faster, and uses only 4 to 5 liters of oxygen on a pulsing regulator.
“I’m getting everyday tasks done quicker,” said Al. “I’m using about half the amount of oxygen as I was before to do the same activities. My quality of life has definitely improved.”