Man blinded after attack to undergo stem cell treatment

Man blinded after attack to undergo stem cell treatment

By Jimmy Woulfe, Mid-West Correspondent

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A blind and paralysed Limerick man flies to China today hoping a revolutionary stem cell treatment can restore the life he had three years ago.

Brian Hogan, 35, suffered brain damage after an unprovoked attack in Nottingham when he was assaulted by a British national. During the incident, Brian, from Ballykeeffe, hit his head on a pavement and subsequently spent three months in a coma at Queens Hospital in the city.

After months of rehabilitation, he relearned how to talk, but has been left blind and must use a wheelchair.

Brian said the treatment he will undergo in China has attracted controversy but anybody in his position would try everything to get their life back on track.

He will receive stem cell infusions once every two days over a three-week period, as well as other therapies.

His sister Nevis said: "This is finally happening. Were all very excited, but were also sick with nerves. We know it may or may not work but we have to try for Brians sake. Anyone in our position would do the same. Its a medical trial, not conventional medicine, and it could take up to six months before we see the full results. We would ask people to keep him in their thoughts over the next few weeks. Hes very positive and always tries to keep the bright side out. He still enjoys life."

Two anonymous donors have given 10,000 towards the treatment costs, which total 40,000.

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