Stem cell treatment hope for York Parkinson’s Disease sufferer

James DeLittle, 49, of Broadway West in Fulford, to travel to Kiev for stem cell treatment

11:27am Wednesday 1st January 2014 in News By Mike Laycock, Chief reporter

James DeLittle

A PARKINSONS Disease sufferer from York is to travel to Kiev for pioneering stem cell treatment, in a last-ditch bid to tackle his worsening condition.

James DeLittle, 49, hopes the two-day treatment in the Ukrainian capital will lessen his symptoms, which include poor balance, tremor, difficulties controlling his limbs and slurred speech.

Jamess mother, relatives and customers at three pubs in the York and Selby area have scraped together about 7,000 to pay for foetal stem cells to be injected into his stomach and arms.

His condition has worsened significantly in recent months, causing him to fall several times, suffering injuries including a broken nose, ribs and thumb joint.

James, of Broadway West in Fulford, said: As far as I know, Im the first person from the UK to go to the clinic and I would love to come back with an improvement in my condition to show all the other people with Parkinsons how they might benefit too.

The NHS doesnt support the treatment at this stage so weve had to raise the money.

More than 700 has been raised by bottles on the bars at the Huntsman at Drax, and the Plough Inn and the Bay Horse at Fulford.

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