Hope after treatment

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CHRIS Walmsley has undergone pioneering stem cell therapy at a clinic in Germany.

Chris, aged 32, of Abbotswood nursing home, Ballasalla, was left quadriplegic after being hit by a car on Richmond Hill in 2006.

More than £27,000 was raised through months of fundraising to allow Chris to have the stem cell therapy.

The procedure involves removing some of his bone marrow and then isolating the stem cells, which help the body to regenerate and repair itself.

The cells will then be injected into his spine.

His mum Carol, of Maine Road, Port Erin, has been advised that they should start to see improvements after three to six months. The treatment went well and his doctor was really pleased with the result and the amount of marrow extracted was described as ‘amazing’.

Carol, who travelled with him to Germany, said: ‘We are all home safe and sound – what an amazing adventure.

‘Everything went really well at the clinic. They are hopeful that we will see improvements, and say that if we do, then we can go back in six months’ time for another treatment.

‘They warned us that Chris would feel really poorly for a few days afterwards and they gave us medication to help with the vomiting, but although he had a headache, he wasn’t sick at all – he didn’t even bruise from the extraction or lumbar puncture.

‘It was a really positive experience and now we just have to keep our fingers crossed that we see the improvements we are praying for.’

She hopes the treatment will improve his ability to swallow so he no longer has to be peg-fed through his stomach. The family also want to thank everyone who has given support.

‘Thank you for all your support,’ Carol said. ‘To have actually got Chris to Germany and have the treatment is a real achievement – and with all your help we have actually done it.

‘Now we wait, pray and hope.’

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