Scleroderma Patient Wants Stem Cell Transplant From Brother

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A 29-year-old woman from Spokane, Washington wants to be the first scleroderma patient to have two different types of stem cell treatment.

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According to a report on, Cat Davis was diagnosed with scleroderma in 2010 when she was just 22 years old. As well as affecting her skin, Davis’s scleroderma has affected her esophagus and digestive system so severely that she had a stem cell treatment using her own stem cells.

While she saw a marked improvement in her symptoms, after two years the disease again started to attack. This time she wants to have a stem cell transplant from someone who doesn’t have scleroderma—namely her own brother.

However, the controversial treatment is not covered by her insurance so she’ll need to raise the $500,000 herself before she can have the procedure. Find out more about this story here.

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