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He Went Abroad for Stem Cell Treatment. Now He’s a Cautionary Tale.

June 23, 2016

(Boston Globe) – Gass, 67, the former general counsel for Osram Sylvania in Wilmington, had chosen a particular clinic in Mexico in part because former San Francisco 49ers quarterback John Brodie had stroke treatment there that he considered successful. But in the year after he returned from Mexico in September 2014, when he had his last treatment, he began experiencing extreme back pain and additional paralysis in his right leg, which had not been affected by the stroke, he said in an interview. That was what led him to the Brigham doctors for surgery last year. Now Gass is more disabled than he was prior to stem cell therapy.

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