Eileen Connolly, 58 years, Multiple Sclerosis

Home: Melbourne, Australia


In 2006 I was diagnosed with primary progressive MS. I was advised by my doctor that there was no cure and treatment was available but it was totally ineffective.

"...I can now lift my arm and have complete range of movement"

After some time I felt comfortable to investigate other options. While on the internet I came across the possibilitz of stem cell therapy, I read the patient stories and was delighted to see that they treated MS patients with varying degrees of success.

Inspired by this, I spoke to my local doctor about it but he did not seem very enthusiastic. However, I was determined to go. I prayed for guidance and everything went smoothly, not a roadblock in sight.

At the clinic

I filled out the questionnaire and was accepted for treatment. I had the required blood tests and was booked for 1 February 2010.

My husband and I travelled to Cologne at the end of January 2010. We were met at Frankfurt airport by a staff member from clinic and taken to our hotel. That was on Friday. Monday morning, February 1st, we were again collected and taken to the clinic for my stem cell transplant.

The staff were very nice and on the first day the stem cells were extracted from the bone marrow. They were found to be viable and the procedure only took about 15 minutes. The procedure was a bit uncomfortable, a bit like a visit to the dentist.

The second day was a free day and we explored the beautiful city of Cologne. On the third day, we were again collected by a staff member and taken back to the clinic for the stem cells to be transplanted via lumbar puncture.

This went well and I had to rest for 4 hours following the procedure.

My Results

Since returning home, I am very pleased I had this treatment. The improvements that I have noticed are as follows;

Prior to having the transplant, I was getting up to go to the toilet four or five times a night. Now, I only get up once. This was resolved within the first week of treatment.

I had lost power in my right arm and could not lift it. Three months down the track, I can now lift my arm and have complete range of movement.

I am so happy about this that I am planning another trip back to clinic to see what else can be improved. Conventional medicine could not offer me anything and I had nothing to lose; only the potential to gain.

Eileen Connolly

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