Brisbane woman dies undergoing Russian stem cell treatment

Kellie van Meurs, pictured with her husband Mark, died while undergoing stem cell treatment in Russia. Photo: Facebook
Kellie van Meurs, pictured with her husband Mark, died while undergoing stem cell treatment in Russia. Photo: Facebook

SUPPORTERS of a Brisbane mother of two who died while undergoing a controversial stem cell treatment in Russia say it did not cause her death.

Kellie van Meurs suffered from a rare neurological disorder called Stiff Person Syndrome, which causes progressive rigidity of the body and chronic pain.

She travelled to Moscow in late June to undergo an autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) under the care of Dr Denis Fedorenko from the National Pirogov Medical Surgical Centre.

The transplant - more commonly used for multiple sclerosis patients - involves rebooting a patient's immune system with their own stem cells after high-dose chemotherapy.

Ms van Meurs was Dr Fedorenko's first SPS patient, and her husband Mark said she died of a heart attack on July 19.

More on this at Brisbanetimes.com.au


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