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‘Miraculous’ stem cell therapy has sickened people in five states
Washington Post

After years of back pain, Timothy Lunceford decided in July to try an injection of umbilical cord blood, an unproven treatment increasingly touted by chiropractors and pain doctors as a cure for achy joints. A day after he got the shots, Lunceford’s back began throbbing. After two days, he was feverish and could hardly move.

“It felt like someone stuck a knife into the middle of my back and just left it there,” said Lunceford, a 52-year-old wildlife biologist from Athens, Tex.

Lunceford said his wife rushed him to a hospital, where doctors found E. coli and a second type of bacteria in his blood.