Man With MS Is Walking - And Dancing - For The First Time In 10 Years

October 25, 2018

A man from Gloucester, England, is able to walk and dance for the first time in 10 years after a successful stem cell transpant.

man dancing with MS

For a decade, Roy Palmer had multiple sclerosis and no feeling in his legs. The 49-year-old father had to use a wheelchair to get around.

But last year, he received a life-changing treatment called HSCT (hematopoietic stem cell transplantation) that restored his ability to walk.

Palmer heard about the treatment in a BBC program in 2016.

"Two people on that program went into Sheffield Hospital in wheelchairs and they both came out walking," Palmer said.

"As soon as we saw that, we both cried," Palmer's wife told the BBC.

So last year, Palmer started the potentially risky treatment.

 

"They take the stem cells out of your body. They give you chemotherapy to kill the rest of your immune system," Palmer told the BBC. The stem cells are then used to reboot the immune system.

After the treatment, he regained feeling in his left leg within two days.

"I haven't felt that in 10 years. It's a miracle," Palmer said.

He eventually regained feeling in both of his legs. Now, he's trying to make the most of it.

"I've been given a second chance at life and I started volunteering at my local police station," he said. "We went on holiday not so long ago to Turkey and I walked on the beach. Little things like that, people do not realize what it means to me."

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