April had her surgery yesterday, October 30, 2013, starting the second cohort at Emory. Her husband posted the following today: "April has been visited by both her neurologist and surgeon this morning. both are very pleased with how she is doing... — at Emory University Hospital." I suspect the cohort will finish next week, and the 3rd cohort will begin in December. Anecdotal data, if like Ted, may emerge in the interim.
Day One Nov 2: I am thankful for committed and compassionate doctors and surgeons like Dr. Boulis and Dr. Glass. They performed an extremely high risk and innovative surgery on my sister without a single problem. They are working relentlessly to find a cause and cure for ALS.
The time has come. In approximately twelve hours I’ll be having stem cells injected into my spinal cord. I haven’t written much lately because I’ve been preparing. I want to say thank you to everyone who has sent positive messages to me. It has really meant a lot. I apologize if you didn’t get a reply. I’ve been very busy and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
A huge thank you to my supportive family, the Emory team involved in my stem cell study and Neuralstem for making this possible.