Faced with a difficult decision she never imagined she'd have to make, Heather Abbott had doctors remove her severely wounded foot. She tells Anderson Cooper about her choice and explains why she's optimistic about the future.
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What a ridiculous comment Hatem. As a surgeon I will say that there are limits to what done to "repair the damage". It is impossible to comment on this specific case but I imagine that if the surgeons were able to "save" the foot it likely would have had a very poor functional result. Sometimes a good prosthetic is better than a permanently asensate (numb), non-functional appendage which I would hazard is the choice this particular patient had to make. This "sue the doctor, the hospital, and everybody else" mentality ultimately degrades the healthcare system for everybody.
Embracing regenerative medicine like MEBO and even the idea of regeneration doesn't just happen in the medical rooms. I think in order for this technique and these ideas to really jump on, you need to embrace the unknown abilities of the human body and spirit. Most people don't have that much imagination.
I think people would be more willing to embrace this scientific revolution if they had more KNOWLEDGE. I've been reading about Dr. Xu and his work for years, so I can speak with confidence. That's just something that will come with more time and more awareness.
It was just severly wounded! Where were the doctors to say "Hey let's try and repair this foot! Maybe we can regenerate some of these cells or these tissues!" Dr. Xu's MEBO/MEBT is a valid science that has changed people's lives. Our medical community needs to step into the future.
Optimism and hope is going to be a huge part of this young woman's life. She sounds like she has a really strong outlook on life despite this whole event. It's too bad that doctor's MEBO treatment isn't here in the US yet. Is it something that will be here soon or is it a long way off?
It's in the hands of the FDA, but it does look good to be a part of the US medical care system. I don't mean to seem like a Dr. Xu cheerleader but his work in China during the earthquake really touched me. It's not just regenerative medicine [which is awesome] but there's also a lot of benefits for burn victims. We'll all have to wait and see.
I'm just praying for the day when amputations are a second choice to the regenerative medicine field, especially the work honed by Dr. Xu in China. Lots of love Heather as you begin this next chapter of your life xoxo
I went over to her fundraising site, and she's already raised 160K toward her 500K goal. That's amazing, but gosh that costs a lot. How much is Dr. Xu's treatment? Is it even available here?
His treatment is still in process, so there's no information on rates. If you google him, you can learn about his research and the work his company MEBO did during the Sichuan earthquake.
The American healthcare industry needs a severe shaking. So many countries are developing options for situations just like this. Why does it seem like we are so far behind?
Exactly Dan! Regenerative medicine researcher Rongxiang Xu has been doing amazing work in China for years – most recently with the victims of the Sichuan earthquake and we never hear about this treatment.
Awesome point Hatem. Really, she should have been given the chance to explore other options. A Dr. named Rongxiang Xu has been able to make huge strides in repairing these kinds of injuries. I wish you the best Heather!
Ha Colin! We're on the same page
She is a very courageous individual. Should inspire those of us who think we have aches and pains. I hope that she along with others receive some type of compensation for these injuries including health and sick days. After all, the suspected terrorist is getting "FREE" legal help thanks to the American taxpayer!
Aww I completely agree! Reading something like this makes me realize that things aren't that bad. I wonder what her recovery time would be like if they were using the of MEBO nutrient composition with the bandages versus regular bandages on their own. I haven't seen much dicussion of the materials they are using in her recovery.
You're not going to hear about that Christine. The technicqies and science behind MEBO and MEBT is awaiting FDA approval. The last thing a big pharma wants to do is highlight how another product could work better than theirs.
Thank you, Anderson, for sharing Heather's story with the world. She is amazing. Heather Strong!!
She should not have been pressured to make that decision so quickly. She should have been allowed to keep her foot, and they should have done operations to repair the damage. Then she could have opted for amputation at a later time, if she found that there were insurmountable problems with the foot. She was asked to take a quick decsion while there was no need for a rush at all. I hope she sues the doctor and the hospital.
I don't think she was pressured to make a decision. It's just that they only have so many decisions to make. I hope they start to expand what kind of treatments they offer people in the future. There has to be more out there than amputation.
@Hatem We weren't in the room with her or her doctors. They are dealing with what they have. When the US starts embracing more expirimental processes like MEBO/MEBT, these doctors will awaken the human body’s innate potential to regenerate. Until then they have to make these decisions.