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Southeast Missouri man undergoing stem cell treatments

Southeast Missouri man undergoing stem cell treatments
By: CJ Cassidy

As we edge closer towards the November elections, billboards and signs continue to appear on Missouri highways, asking for your vote. Many of those signs revolve around the stem cell debate.

Amendment 2 aims to ensure Missourians they have access to stem cell therapies and cures, and allow stem cell medical research in the Show Me State. Cloning is outlawed under the amendment.

While people here wait to vote on the issue, one man is already undergoing the controversial treatment, overseas.

Chris Hrabik's never been afraid of venturing into the unknown. Months before he left for China, he could be seen hitting the road in his sports car.

You might think that's strange for someone paralyzed in a car accident two years ago, but Hrabik had his car custom built so he could control it with his hands, and it wouldn't put a stop to his adventures.

Now, on the phone from East Asia, Hrabik tells me he's embarked on a different journey. "There's no doubt in my mind we'll get something back. I just don't know what and how soon it'll be," he says.

Hrabik blogs his experiences online, hoping to reach out to anyone with questions about the controversial treatment. "You have to keep your hopes realistic. You can't just come in here and say I'm going to walk out of here. It takes a while for cells to grow. It doesn't work for everybody, and I'm hoping I'll be one of the lucky ones," he says.

In fact Hrabik's blog shows how thrilled he was at a recent discovery.

"I noticed a nice shooting pain down through my leg, which may have been uncomfortable but it's something I haven't noticed in that leg in two years! So, it's a start. Something's working in there somewhere and I'm welcoming the pain," he says.

So far Hrabik's had three injections. He says he has one more to go, and he heads back home to Old Appleton at the end of October.

Stem cell's defined as a "generic" cell in the body that can make exact copies of itself. Some scientists believe they can use stem cells to repair specific tissues or grow human organs. They also believe stem cells could revolutionize treatment to diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Diabetes.

If you want to read Chris Hrabik's blog click on this link.

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