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"Shining with hope: Together for the Vision of John David in Thailand"

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Imagine for a moment facing the darkness without being able to see the light of day. This is the reality facing Juan David Lizcano, a brave 8-year-old boy battling Morsier Syndrome, an orphan disease that threatens to rob him of his vision and his chance for a bright future.

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What is Morsier Syndrome? 

Morsier Syndrome, also known as De Morsier Syndrome or Optic Nerve Hypoplasia, is a rare, congenital medical condition that primarily affects the visual system and brain development. Typical features of the syndrome include partial or complete absence of the optic nerve (which can lead to blindness), as well as malformations in the hypothalamic area of the brain, which can result in hormonal disorders and impaired endocrine function. This condition can vary in its severity and presentation, and may be associated with other congenital anomalies.

 

Morsier syndrome in Juan David 

He was born with these conditions:

Malformations in the midline of his face and head similar to a brain herniation,

Cleft lip and palate leading to nasal and throat obstructions that prevent him from eating normally.

  • Visual deficiency: Absence of corpus callosum and optic chiasm. His optic nerves are malformed.

  • Alterations in his Hypophysis and Pituitary Gland that lead to a hormonal deficit that are being supplied with injections and daily medications.

  • Global delay of development between 30 and 40%

  • Autism

Medical treatment
 

There is no specific treatment for Morsier Syndrome itself, since it is a congenital genetic condition that mainly affects the visual system and brain development. 

Stem cell treatment, also known as cell therapy or stem cell therapy, involves the use of stem cells to treat or prevent disease and injury. Stem cells are unique cells that have the ability to transform into different types of cells in the body, making them promising tools in the field of regenerative medicine.

 

There are different sources of stem cells, including embryonic stem cells, which are obtained from developing embryos, and adult stem cells, which are found in tissues such as bone marrow, peripheral blood, and adipose tissue. There is also ongoing research on induced stem cells, which are adult cells reprogrammed to behave like stem cells.

Stem cell therapy has been investigated to treat a variety of diseases and conditions, including heart disease, spinal cord injury, diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases, and more. Depending on the goal of treatment and the type of stem cells used, therapy may involve injecting stem cells into the body, transplanting them into a specific area, or manipulating them in the laboratory to produce specialized cells.

Stem Cell Treatment, hope for Juan David in Thailand
 

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