Testimonial – Meet Braden Heckendorn

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Read a review from Kristy Heckendorn updating Celltex after her son Braden received stem cell therapy.

In December 2013, our son Braden Heckendorn, who was seven years old at the time, was involved in a life-changing accident. A few weeks before the Christmas holiday, Braden was accidentally shot in the heart with a pellet gun. Almost immediately, Braden’s body went into cardiac arrest and he was without a heartbeat for nearly 22 minutes, causing traumatic brain injury due to lack of oxygen. As a result of his injury, Braden suffered a stroke which impaired his walking, his ability to speak and his overall well-being.

After a five-month stay in the hospital, my husband and I were finally able to bring Braden home. Due to his injury, Braden was extremely dependent on us for everyday tasks, such as walking, bathing and holding up his own body weight. While Braden began his long road to recovery, we spent hours each day researching next steps, support groups, clinical trial studies and other possible therapy options that might be a fit for him. We were heartbroken to learn that Braden did not qualify for any clinical trial studies at that time, but we were determined to find a solution to his ailments. After learning about stem cell therapy through our online research, we discovered Celltex Therapeutics, a Houston-based biotechnology company specializing in adult stem cell therapy, using cells that come from their clients’ own bodies. After weeks of in-depth research, my husband and I knew that Celltex was the right choice for Braden.

In January 2017, our family flew to Cancun, Mexico for Braden to receive an IV infusion of hundreds of millions of his own stem cells. Everything went smoothly while in Cancun. The hospital staff was extremely attentive, knowledgeable and helpful in answering all our questions regarding the procedure. Outside of the hospital, the Celltex team made sure that our needs were met, and they were always available to assist us throughout the trip.

Braden received three therapeutic infusions while in Cancun, and his doctors have noticed a positive change in Braden ever since. Within five months of therapy, Braden’s vision improved enough that he is able to read again. We are also noticing that his brain function is working at a faster pace and with more fluidity. In fact, Braden is now extremely independent and can tackle many tasks on his own. For example, immediately after the accident, Braden lost use of his right hand due to the stroke, but since stem cell therapy, Braden is now using his right hand a lot more – something his neurofeedback doctors are noticing as well.

Our family is so thankful to Celltex and its staff. Celltex gave our son a second chance at life and we cannot wait to see what the future holds for Braden.

Thank you,

Kristy Heckendorn

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About Celltex

Celltex Therapeutics Corporation is a Houston-based biotechnology company founded in 2011 by David Eller and Dr. Stanley Jones, an internationally-recognized spine surgeon, to initiate breakthroughs in regenerative medicine through adult stem cells. Eller is a graduate of Texas A&M University, who served two terms as Chairman of the Board of Regents and also served as Chancellor of The Texas A&M University System for a short period. It was at Texas A&M University that his passion for bioscience took flight, leading him to establish the Institute of Biosciences and Technology during his six year term on the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.

Celltex uses proprietary technology to isolate, multiply and store autologous, adult (one’s own) mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) to be used for regenerative therapy in a number of conditions including vascular, autoimmune and degenerative diseases, which is why Sarah was a great candidate for stem cell therapy.

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For more information about Celltex and the process of stem cell banking or to review some frequently asked questions about stem cell therapy, please visit the pages below:

If you would like to speak to a Celltex client services representative about banking your stem cells, please visit the Getting Started page or call (713) 590-1000.