Stem cell treatment helps Williamson County teen after spine injury

Hunter Garstin

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Williamson County teen who suffered a severe spinal injury during a wrestling match two years ago is starting to see results in his medical treatment.

Hunter Garstin’s mother, Emily Garstin, told News 2 that his stem cell-count is high, which means his spine is recovering.

In December 2013, Garstin competed in a wrestling match that injured his spine, leaving him paralyzed. He was a sophomore at Independence High School at the time.

At first, doctors thought he may never walk again, but Garstin and his family didn’t give up. They flew to Switzerland for stem cell treatment that isn’t readily available in the United States.

Garstin has now regained some feeling. His mother said it is painful, but that it’s a good sign.

Each trip to Switzerland costs about $20,000 and Garstin said he couldn’t have done it without all the people who have supported him.

To help his cause, go to HunterStrong.com where the family is selling T-shirts to help with his treatments, or donate monetarily on his GoFundMe page.

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