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Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
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It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
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Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School. Pictures of the Baconton Community Charter School file room show where students cellMore >>
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The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
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In its effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May, Dollar General will host a career fair at Dollar General located at 2017 N Slappey Blvd. in Albany, Ga. on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.More >>
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Stem cell research has shown promising results in human patients, now that same technology is showing hope for pets. An Golden Retriever, plagued with arthritis, recently underwent a stem cell extraction and implant to help with mobility.
His owner did extensive research on the subject after hearing about it while watching the Nightly News on WALB. She quickly realized it was the dog's only chance for any quality of life.
From the sounds of things, you would never suspect McIntyre was a frail and feeble dog. And these days, he's moving around pretty well, thanks to anti-inflammatory medicines, physical therapy and a new experimental surgery involving stem cells.
Owner Carolyn Cook said, "I knew that this was his only option."
McIntyre already had partial hip replacements in both hips, but still has arthritis. He also has a severely arthritic elbow. After watching a story on NBC Nightly News about stem cell transplants in dogs, owner Carolyn Cook decided she would give it a shot.
"Dogs are very much like family members," she said. And like family, she wanted McIntrye to feel better and have a better quality of life. Cells were taken from his belly fat and shipped to California. Stem cells were extracted and then implanted back into his joints by a vet in Alpharetta.
Veterinarian Steve Whatley is doing follow-up care with McIntyre in Albany. He said, "He's a pretty good patient. He's always done well."
Dr. Whatley says in just three weeks, he can already see a difference."So far, so good. We'll let you know in a couple of months."
Dr. Whatley has gone through the credentialing process for performing stem cell therapy himself, but before he does, he'll be doing more research. He said, "We're trying to determine, is this snake oil or is this proven medicine?"
A medicine that may have the ability to make McIntyre whole again, or at least close to it.
Cook said, "He'll never be like a puppy as far as agility but it will just give him a quality of life where he doesn't hurt and suffer."
Rather, live out the rest of his days with a little more spring in his step.
Stem cell therapy is not cheap. For McIntyre, the total cost of treatment has reached about $3,500. It will take about four months to see the full benefits of the therapy.