(DALLAS)--Published reports reveal that Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s spinal fusion surgery last month involved an injection of his own stems cells, a therapy that is not approved by the FDA and costs thousands of dollars.
Perry’s spokesman Mark Miner confirmed to the Texas Tribune that the governor received therapy which included “the innovative use of his own adult stem cells" and any cost not covered by health insurance was paid for by Perry.
Perry has been a proponent of adult stem cell research, even urging the Texas Medical Board to consider enhancing the state’s position on adult stem cell research. In his 2009 State of the State address, Perry called for greater investment in the adult stem cell industry.
However, Perry opposes embryonic stem cell research, and his 2010 gubernatorial campaign website touts his support for banning embryonic stem cell research as one of his positions. His procedure did not involve embryonic stem cells.
When the governor emerged from back surgery on July 1, he tweeted that his “little procedure" had gone “as advertised,” but did not reveal that he had undergone the experimental procedure.
Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio