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Sometimes a really small thing can change your life forever. What if you hadn’t seen that television feature, hadn’t read the column, hadn’t walked that way or hadn’t taken that path? We will never know what part fate plays in our life.
Watching the news few weeks ago we saw an article about a man who had watched a feature on the TV programme Panorama years ago about stem cell treatment for Multiple Sclerosis. He had seen how the treatment had helped a lady with very similar symptoms to his be able to walk again after a period spent in a wheelchair.
The man featured on that news feature had spent several years in a wheelchair and had asked if he could have the trial treatment. The stem cell treatment had worked for him and he actually walked onto the television set for his interview with his wife. It was remarkable to hear his story and to see the effects of this treatment and to see the impact it had had on not just his life but on his family too.
The expert on the television had said that only some types of MS were suitable to be treated with the stem cell treatment and not all types of MS would be cured using this method.
If this man hadn’t seen that Panorama programme how different would his life have been. Research is vital to so many illnesses and diseases. With the medics and scientists working on so many aspects of treatment there are potentially so many advances that can be made. Much research is funded by donations and grants. We see this with our own Charity of The Year, The Cystic Fibrosis Trust who are working really hard all the time trying to find new treatments for CF.
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