Paraplegic loses case over rare stem-cell surgery

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The Michigan Supreme Court says an insurance company doesn't have to pay for stem-cell surgery on a paraplegic, a decision that could affect whether people pursue unusual medical procedures.

The court recently said Kevin Krohn's $51,000 surgery in Portugal was not "reasonably necessary" under Michigan's no-fault auto insurance law.

The 42-year-old Lenawee County man suffered a spinal fracture when he was struck by a van while riding a motorcycle. Tissue from Krohn's nasal area was transplanted to his spine with the hope that it would regenerate nerves.

Krohn says he experienced some improvement in his lower body. The surgery has not been approved in the U.S. The Supreme Court decision was 4-3, led by the court's Republican majority.

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