MS Patient Walks and Dances for the First Time in 10 Years After Experimental Treatment

April 11, 2019 Updated: April 16, 2019

Walking, running, dancing—these are all actions most of us just take for granted. Can you imagine what it would be like to be stuck in a wheelchair with no feeling in your legs?

Roy Palmer, from Gloucester, England, knows exactly what that is like. He is suffering from multiple sclerosis, or MS, a condition where the immune system attacks the nerves, causing communication problems between the brain and the rest of the body.

Roy Palmer 发布于 2017年4月15日周六

Palmer, 48, was confined to a wheelchair for the past decade, but in 2017, his dad told him of a treatment called hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) he had seen on BBC program “Panorama.”

“Two people on that program went into Sheffield Hospital in wheelchairs and they both came out walking,” Palmer told BBC.

“As soon as we saw that, we both cried,” added Palmer’s wife.

Although the treatment is still in experimental stages, Palmer wanted to give it a try, as he felt he had nothing to lose.

“If they can have that done, on a trial, why can’t I have it done?” Palmer said. “They take the stem cells out of your body. They give you chemotherapy to kill the rest of your immune system.”

Within two days of the treatment, he had feeling in his left leg.

“I haven’t felt that in 10 years,” Palmer said. “It’s a miracle.”

Roy Palmer 发布于 2018年1月24日周三

“I’ve been given a second chance at life and I started volunteering at my local police station,” Palmer said.

“We went on holiday not so long ago to Turkey and I walked on the beach. Little things like that, people do not realize what it means to me.”

Roy Palmer 发布于 2018年11月4日周日

Since regaining the use of his legs, Palmer has taken up dancing.

He is so grateful to be able to once again do the things that he was deprived of for so long.

Watch the video:

After stem cell transplant, man with MS can dance

HAPPY DANCE: After spending the last 10 years of his life in a wheelchair, this man with MS received a life-changing stem cell transplant – and now he can't stop dancing. https://cbsn.ws/2yxorNr

CBS News 发布于 2018年10月25日周四

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