Pioneering new stem cell treatment used on Brenda Simmons’ lame horse helps her too! Electa Draper at The Denver Post takes up the story.
When Little Brother came up lame six years ago at the age of 8, Brenda Simmons took her horse from one veterinarian specialist to another to find a fix.
Injections of the horse’s stem cells into a lower leg joint and tendons relieved his pain and returned full function to a horse that had been unridable.
“He was better than ever, and he’s still going strong,” the 58-year-old Granby resident said. “I asked the vet, ‘Can you do that for me?’ ”
Brenda Simmons hugs her horse Little Brother at her ranch in Granby late last month. Simmons and Little Brother have had stem cell therapy on their legs, preventing debilitating issues for both. (Andy Cross, The Denver Post)
She couldn’t, but a physician in Edwards, Dr. Scott Brandt, did treat her with stem cells.
After crippling pain had sidelined her for years, she said, injection of her own stem cells and other living cell products, taken from her bone marrow and fat tissue, has restored the former runner and skier to a more active life over the past year. She had already had one knee-replacement surgery, but she now believes she can avoid a second one.