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Stem Cell Treatment for Mr. Hockey Stirs Controversy

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Any hockey fan would recognize Mr. Hockey – Gordie Howe – and remember the former Red Wing star as one of the toughest players in the history of the game.  His name is famously, if somewhat incorrectly, connected to the unofficial “Gordie Howe Hat Trick,” in which a player records a goal, an assist, and a fight in the same game.  His remarkable career spanned six decades, including a record-setting five in the NHL, and his contributions to the game have lasted long after his retirement.

Struck By Illness

Sadly, Howe suffered a severe stroke in October of 2014.  Friends, family, and fans expected the worst.  The 86-year-old legend’s condition seemed to deteriorate rapidly.  When he was released to his daughter’s home in Texas, many people thought Mr. Hockey would not survive long.  Then surprising news of significant recovery began to surface.  On February 6, Howe made an almost unbelievable public appearance and looked quite well considering what he’d been through.

Controversial Treatment

It is now being widely reported that, in December, Howe underwent a stem cell treatment in Mexico.  The treatment was developed by San Diego-based Stemedica.  Since then, Mr. Hockey has been on the mend.  But many experts are questioning whether it was the stem cell treatment, and whether such treatments are safe and reliable.  Stem cell treatments are brand new, and many medical professionals believe the results are unproven.

As the debate rages on, the Howe family and many other people in dire medical straits now believe that stem cell treatment can give them hope for meaningful treatment and recovery.