Good News: Stem Cell Transplant Helps Man With MS Walk And Dance

 

For 10 years Roy Palmer couldn’t control his legs because he had multiple sclerosis, or MS. The disease left the man from the U.K. with no feeling in his legs and using a wheelchair, but last year, he had a life-changing treatment that allows him to walk and dance again.

Palmer heard about the treatment called HSCT (hematopoietic stem cell transplantation) and decided to give it a try, even though it’s still considered experimental. So the 49-year-old started the potentially risky treatment, knowing it might not even work.

"They take the stem cells out of your body. They give you chemotherapy to kill the rest of your immune system," Palmer explains. “The stem cells are then used to reboot the immune system.”

And it worked! Just two days after the HSCT, Palmer started regaining feeling in his left leg. Now he has feeling in both legs, can walk, and even dance again, which he’s been doing a lot of. He says little things like that mean so much more now and he’s grateful for his “miracle.”

Source: CBS News

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