PMA probes politicians’ deaths due to stem cell treatment

MANILA The Philippine Medical Association (PMA) is now investigating the deaths of three politicians who died allegedly after undergoing stem cell treatment in Germany.

While the association refused to divulge identities of the politicians, PMA president Dr. Leo Olarte said the three held notable posts in the country.

"Sila ay nabigyan ng mga stem cell na galing sa tupa, rabbit at mga embryonic stem cell at mga stem cell na galing din sa aborted na mga bata o fetuses. Nagkaroon sila ng kumplikasyon pagbalik dito, he said.

He added: Nagkaroon sila ng late hypersensitivity graft-host reaction. Dito na sila sa Pilipinas namatay."

Olarte said they already approached the families of the victims to get more details but some of them refused to cooperate causing a little delay in the investigation.

Based on the data gathered by the PMA, the three politicians died a year after seeking the treatment in Germany.

Unlike in the Philippines, the PMA said it is allowed to harvest stem cells from animals in European countries like Germany.

Saying that stem cells harvested from animals are dangerous, the PMA urged Filipinos not to fly abroad just to seek stem cell therapy treatment.

Olarte said the country has experts, who are members of the Philippine Society for Stem Cell Medicine (PSSCM), competent to perform the treatment in the Philippines.

The PMA and PSSCM have already partnered with the Department of Health, Professional Regulations Commission, National Bureau of Investigation and the Philippine National Police to go after those performing the treatment in the country without authority. from a report by Dennis Datu, dzMM

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