In 2015, Elizabeth Noble traveled to Florida seeking treatment for her macular degeneration. Her destination was a clinic operated by U.S. Stem Cell in Sunrise, where fat-derived cells were injected directly into her eyes.
Soon after receiving the $5,000 unproven procedure, her retinas began to atrophy, and she is now blind in both eyes. Noble hired Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen to sue U.S. Stem Cell. She received a confidential settlement from the clinic.
GRYC’s partner and nationally renowned stem cell malpractice attorney Andy Yaffa, recently spoke with the Kansas City Star’s Andy Marso about Noble’s case and the increasing number of dangerous, unregulated clinics across the nation.
As written by Marso, operations like U.S. Stem Cell’s have, “spread like a virus, despite warnings from medical researchers and bioethics experts that the clinics are peddling unproven, sometimes dangerous treatments for anything from mild arthritis to erectile dysfunction to multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.”
With recent estimates showing there are now approximately 1,000 stem cell clinics in the United States performing operations that have not been deemed safe—nor approved by the FDA—some fear that incidents like Noble’s will become increasingly common.
Andy Yaffa has already represented five people, such as GRYC stem cell lawsuit client Doris Tyler as well as Jeannine Mallard, who both tragically lost their sight after receiving eye injections. GRYC continues to be contacted by dozens more around the United States that claim to have been harmed by similar procedures.
As reported by major news outlets like the New York Times and Washington Post, the FDA has fortunately started to take legal actions against clinics, like U.S. Stem Cell and Cell Surgical Network, to stop them from practicing similar operations.
The recent efforts of the FDA and others have raised awareness of the dangers that eye injections pose, but the battle against this unregulated industry is far from over. As Marso writes in his Kansas City Star piece, “clinics are quick to say they’re not injecting eyeballs, but they’re doing just about everything else,” such as therapy to the knees, shoulders and backs of patients.
The reporter’s investigations revealed that several clinics in his region utilized suppliers linked to at least a dozen serious incidents in other states, including 17 people who were hospitalized after being treated by contaminated umbilical cord products.
Despite the risks, clinics continue to falsely present evidence about the safety of their treatment through seminars or documentaries such as “The Healthcare Revolution”, which was funded by the Cell Surgical Network.
In Andy Yaffa’s own discovery process, he discovered three shocking facts about the clinics he has sued. Yaffa and his team are committed to stopping them from performing these unauthorized therapies, and will continue to stand by victims that have been affected.
In addition to the Kansas City Star, Andy Marso’s story was also published by the following news outlets:
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