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All Black Owen Franks talks about how stemcell treatment got him back on the field.
All Black Owen Franks owes his Rugby World Cup lifeline to his love handles and 100 million stem cells in a laboratory petri dish.
Franks’ career was just about over when his right shoulder was torn against the Brumbies in April during the Super Rugby season.
He was staring down the barrel of shoulder surgery that would take six months to heal and almost certainly wipe him clean from All Blacks selectors’ Rugby World Cup radar.
But the Crusaders prop had other ideas and opted for stem cell treatment, having successfully tried it before on an Achilles heel.
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“Obviously a big year this year with the Crusaders and the All Blacks at the World Cup. So for me surgery would be the last option possible just because when you have surgery its not only the joint that’s immobilised, but you have to change your whole training because I’ve never seen such a decent injury so for me stem cells is the thing I thought of,” said Franks.
On Saturday night in Wellington during the All Blacks’ draw with South Africa there were no signs of the pain he had endured while undergoing the stem cell procedure. Franks pulled up fine.
He owes that to the time he has spent at regenerative medicine company, ReGen Cellular, as joint disease specialist Hassan Mubark gave him stem cell treatment on his shoulder.
Mubark noted that the extent of Franks’ shoulder injury was worse than the player had r
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