- Krispy Kreme coming to Cape Girardeau (12/14/17)2
- Light and music show: Jackson family goes high-tech with Christmas display (12/11/17)
- Two Cape County residents, including former Jackson police officer, face burglary charges in Colorado (12/12/17)
- Cape schools to get two new principals, assistant superintendent (12/13/17)1
- Kelso resident brings home $60K in lottery winnings (12/14/17)
- Three-vehicle wreck ends up with parked car crashing through business wall (12/16/17)3
- Insurance building's renovation part of Coalter family's commitment to region (12/15/17)3
- New regents president named after Knudtson decides not to seek second term (12/18/17)
- Southeast rings bell for 807 December graduates (12/18/17)
A determined man
In his compelling and determined letters from China, David Landewee told Southeast Missourian readers about the surgery he hopes will help him regain movement in his legs, paralyzed in an accident.
The surgery performed in Beijing implanted 4,000 olfactory ensheathing glial cells collected from fetuses aborted during the second trimester of pregnancy. The OEG cell implant surgery is unavailable in the U.S.
The 42-year-old Landewee reportedly was an ideal candidate for the implants, but to prepare he had to have rods taken out of his back and scar tissue removed.
The son of retired Southeast Missourian advertising executive Irvin Landewee, David now is back home in the Kansas City area and just beginning the demanding regimen of therapy required for the surgery to produce the results he expects.
Already he has noticed improvements in his breathing and lung function. He can move muscles in his legs and abdomen he couldn't move after his accident, and he can almost do a solo sit-up.
His doctors in China told him to expect continued improvements over the next year and a half as new connections are being made in his spinal cord. He hopes to be able to walk again within a year.
If anyone has the resolve this will take, it's David Landewee.