After his second stem cell treatment, Gordie Howe, is “comfortable and happy”, said The Hockey News.

In 2014, Howe, 87, had a series of strokes in, including a major one in October. After the stroke, Howe was treated with a stem-cell infusion which resulted in a miraculous recovery for the former hockey star.

“Our dad continues to participate in a clinical trial where stem cells are being used in the treatment of a stroke,” son Murray Howe told The Hockey News. “We’d like to wait until the first phase of that clinical trial is complete before providing any more updates. At this time, our dad is comfortable and happy. That remains our goal. We want to thank everyone for their ongoing support for Mr. Hockey.”

The Howe family believes that the stem-cell treatments not only saved Howe’s life but also allowed him to return to the things he loved again.

“It’s not just laying around and doing nothing,” son Mark Howe told the Detroit Red Wings website in March after a day spent fishing. “He can experience the fun things that he’s done his whole life, obviously to a different extent, but there is some quality to his life now.”

Moving forward, the plan is for Gordie Howe “to go back to Michigan for a short time, then he will move to a nursing home in Ohio that specializes in treating people with dementia.”


A member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, Gordie Howe played 25 seasons with the Red Wings and helped them win four Stanley Cup championships. He scored 801 goals and 1,850 points in 1,767 regular-season games covering 26 NHL seasons.

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Gordie Howe Receives Second Stem Cell Treatment