A Second Chance at Life for Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis

Caroline Wyatt is a journalist with the BBC, a defence correspondent with nearly 7 years of experience reporting war stories and breaking news reports from the war zones. Which was when she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and her life began to crumble around her as she watched on helplessly. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a neurological degenerative disease that affects the brain and the spinal cord. MS is a demyelinating disease meaning, the disease affects and destroys the insulating sheath/cover of neurons present in the spinal cord and the brain. This makes it difficult for the neurons to relay information and affects the daily functioning in patients.

Most common symptoms include numbness, blurred vision, muscle stiffness and thinking problems. Caroline Wyatt found it hard to balance, suffered from double vision and her ability to swallow and to think were compromised. Her vision was blurred in one eye and she had such difficulty walking that she sometimes fell over and found it impossible to travel. Her condition got to a point where she was forced to give up her post with the BBC. Her only chance seemed to be Haematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT) HSCT involves chemotherapy to kill harmful cells and then replaced with blood stem cells usually derived from bone marrow, peripheral blood, or umbilical cord blood. These blood stem cells can develop into white blood cells, red blood cells or any other mature blood cell as required.

Currently, this treatment is available at certain specific locations around the world. Caroline approached a hospital in Mexico for the treatment. After the treatment, she hails the power of the treatment and has strongly advocated the stem cell transplant as a cure for MS. Caroline says that she already feels the fog within her brain. Her legs feel less stiff when she wakes up in the morning and her eyes hurt a less. In an interview to The Times, she has said ‘I am relishing this second chance of life.’ Truly a miracle thanks to stem cells.



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