DOCTORS are reporting “miraculous” results from a pioneering NHS treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS), with some patients making dramatic recoveries after transplants of their own stem cells.
Wheelchair-bound patients have recovered feeling in their legs and have learnt to walk and even dance and run. One who had become partially sighted can see, while a woman in her twenties who needed a ventilator in intensive care to breathe is leading a normal life.
The therapy is the first to reverse the devastating decline caused by MS, which has no cure and affects at least 100,000 people in Britain. Patients treated more than three years ago show no signs of relapse.
Nearly two dozen sufferers, aged from their early twenties to their late fifties, had their immune systems “rebooted” at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield in a treatment developed for cancers such as leukaemia and lymphoma.
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