Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Five Things about the Stem Cell Therapy Gordie Howe Underwent after Strokes

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Five Things about the Stem Cell Therapy Gordie Howe Underwent after Strokes

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Five things about the stem cell therapy Howe underwent

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TORONTO - Hockey icon Gordie Howe, who died Friday at age 88, spent the final years of his life trying to stick-handle his way through the effects of two strokes he suffered in the autumn of 2014.

In the end, Howe simply died of "old age," said his son Murray in a text to The Associated Press.

But in the wake of the strokes -- which left the former NHL great without the use of his right arm and leg and caused his speech to slur -- his family decided to pursue an unproven stem cell therapy not approved in Canada or the U.S.

Here are five facts related to that treatment:

-- Howe was taken to a clinic in Tijuana, Mexico, where he received stem cell injections as part of a clinical trial being run under a licensing agreement with Stemedica Cell Technologies of San Diego, Calif. …

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