Parkinsons sufferer has vital treatment

Parkinson's Disease sufferer James DeLittle has vital treatment in Kiev

9:57am Monday 3rd February 2014 in News By Mike Laycock, Chief reporter

A PARKINSONS Disease sufferer has returned home to York after pioneering stem cell treatment in Kiev and he already appears to be feeling the benefits.

James DeLittle, 49, of Broadway West in Fulford, is enjoying improved balance, which reduces the risks of falling over, said his mother Rosemary.

But she said the clinic that provided the two-day treatment had said it could be up to five months before the full effects were known.

The Press reported earlier this month that James condition had worsened significantly in recent months, affecting his balance and causing him to fall several times, suffering injuries including a broken nose, ribs and thumb joint.

He decided to travel to a clinic in the Ukrainian capital Kiev for foetal stem cells to be injected into him in a bid to tackle the illness.

The clinic told him it had treated more than 100 patients with Parkinsons in recent years, with improvements reported in 75 per cent of cases, including reduction of tremor and rigidity, and cognitive and gait improvements.

The former St Peters School pupil said he believed he was the first person from the UK to go to the clinic, but it was costing 7,000 to pay for the treatment, travel and accommodation.

After the article appeared, his family received donations from well-wishers who wanted to help with the costs.

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