Glenda, 41, Spinal Cord Injury, South Africa

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GGlenda, a 47-year-old patient from South Africa sustained a Spinal Cord Injury. She did research online and watched many testimonials before arriving in Thailand for Regenerative Treatment with Unique Access Medical.

What improvements have you seen since receiving the Regenerative Treatment?

I mean one thing I haven’t had for a long time was smell and then the feeling in the legs. The main thing that I’ve got back is a lot of sensory, which is a good start. I’ve also been able to slightly move a muscle. Even though I can’t actually move the leg yet, the muscles are starting to contract and trying to do something which is not bad considering I’ve only been here for literally just over a week.

So I’ve actually had far more improvements than I thought I would have. I came here thinking maybe I’ll get one or two minor bits and pieces back but thinking the main will be a few months or weeks after going home. So I’ve actually been surprised especially the sensory. They were doing Acupuncture and the first two treatments I didn’t feel the needles at all and in the third one she put them in and it was like “I felt that. I mean the one thing about being paralyzed is you do get benefits like you can have injections and that too without pain. Unfortunately, now with benefits gone because I actually do feel the needles now but I was not expecting that too only after the third or fourth day of being here. There’s been a lot of a small improvements but those little improvements all add up and it’s a start.

How did you find about us?

Before I came here, I’d never met anybody. It’s all been via the internet. When you see them when they first came and in six months down, you think that six months ago they couldn’t move the arm but now some things work for them and it gives you a lot more confidence in the actual procedure and taking a chance to come over. In the beginning, I asked Hanna what the program was. She wrote back and said we can’t give you a program until we’ve met you and assist you because we will give you the therapies that are great for you not just a general. After sort of meeting me and assessing, I got my treatment plan and she said that I might need more Aqua, and Physio which are the main things. I have had a lot of the Acupuncture but once again it’s done to my needs and not just a general since my acupuncture is different to what they’ll give somebody else because they’ve sort of taped it on what my requirements are. I’ve pretty much done each of the therapies everyday where they’ve given me Physio, Aqua, Acupuncture. It’s been a combination of four different therapies which they have given me every day. Then, cells therapy has been almost like every second day. Unfortunately, because of the damage on my spine, they have tried a lot of times to directly do Lumbar but that’s just not happening so they’ve been doing it intravenously.

What do you think about the treatments you received?

I think the main thing that attracted me was the whole treatment package. In other research, they mainly do just Regenerative Medicine and Physio. They don’t look at the whole person and your nutrition. They don’t look at any other aspects besides Physio and cell-based therapies whereas here they were offering a whole package that included your well-being before, after, during. So you are not only doing just Physio, you’re doing Acupuncture, Nutrition, Aqua plus your normal Physio. They’ve almost mixed traditional with science by including Regenerative Medicine, so they’re taking care of every aspect to give you as much chance of success at the end of it.

How would you compare treatment experience in Bangkok to those of other places?

I haven’t gone through a lot of surgeries from my condition. You start to feel like just a piece of meat on the table. They don’t really give a damn what your feelings are and that’s why is it so nice here where they really do care about you as a person.

What do you think of the staff who took care of you during treatment?

It is that they work as a team. It’s not just Regenerative Medicine. It’s not just Physio. They are doing a whole program- a whole thing and so it’s very much teamwork and you can see that they work as a team. They consult as a team and they’re all very much involved with you as well. It’s not like you know there’s a team in the background but you never meet them. Here, they’ve all been very approachable, very hands-on and very involved in my actual program since I arrived.

What would you say to anyone considering Regenerative Treatment?

A lot of people don’t realize that research is going on because it’s not readily available. All I can say in my experience is that I know that I’m going to be a lot better off after this treatment than if I’d listened to the conventional side and not given it a go. If you don’t try you’ll never know and if you’re looking for some sort of improvement in life, then it’s the way to go.