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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Former Titan Tim Shaw’s fight against ALS took him to Israel this week for a stem cell transplant.
A month ago, Shaw went to Jerusalem where he had stem cells harvested from his body at the Hadassah Medical Center in Ein Kerem.
In a Twitter video, he says those cells were then purified, replicated and injected back into his spine Tuesday morning.RELATED: Titans sign Tim Shaw to 1-day contract as he fights ALS
Shaw was one of 800 people to apply for the trial but was one of only 30 selected for it. That’s thanks to the persistence of his friend, Katura Horton-Perinchief, who says she called every day until they “got tired” of hearing from her.
Shaw said he’s optimistic that good things are ahead after the procedure.
“They’re putting so many good cells in my body, it’s not that they are attacking the bad cells but the good cells will simply outnumber the bad and do the job that they’re supposed to do so ideally, it would slow down and even reverse some symptoms that I’m having so the goal is to slow down the progression and just give me more time and the expectations are high they’ve had some good results but there are no guarantees,” Shaw told News 2.
He returned to Nashville on Thursday.
This was the second clinical trial for Shaw. He was part of a group treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, but was a part of the “placebo” group.
Shaw’s struggle with ALS has been a public one since he announced it in August 2014. He recently wrote a book titled “Blitz Your Life.”