Local woman experiences amazing improvements
Point Leamington resident Cora Ward returned home from Poland last month after receiving the controversial Liberation treatment to treat symptoms of MS, a disease she has had for 33 years.
Local woman experiences amazing improvementsCora Ward can snap her fingers. For most people, the simple act of clicking their thumb across their fingers is something they are able to do naturally
For most people, the simple act of clicking their thumb across their fingers is something they are able to do naturally. But for the 50-year-old Point Leamington resident, it is something she has not been able to do for over two decades.
She has suffered from multiple sclerosis (MS) for the past 33 years.
In mid-October, she returned from Tychy, Poland, where she underwent a controversial surgery known as the Liberation treatment to hopefully alleviate symptoms of the disease.
“Before, when she went to get out of the car, (her husband) would have to stop the car, get out, open her door and turn her. When she stopped that day, he never got a chance to stop the car before she got out." - Yvonne Janes
“They do (the procedure) and then they want you to lie in bed for six hours,” Ms. Ward said. “I felt my fingers right away. When I woke up I said ‘oh! I can feel my hands!’”
The new technique, developed by Italian researcher Dr. Paolo Zamboni, came to light in late 2009.
The treatment involves an angioplasty-like procedure to open the blocked vein with a small balloon.
Ms. Ward was able to travel to Poland thanks to the fundraising efforts of people in her hometown and surrounding areas who provided her with close to $15,000. The community came together for walk-a-thons, bake sales and concerts to raise the money.
And the community was waiting for her at the bridge in Point Leamington on Oct. 16 when she returned.
Yvonne Janes has been involved with several fundraising initiatives for Ms. Ward.
Residents of the town were excited for her return, she said.
“She started to cry when she saw everyone,” Ms. Janes said.
“Before, when she went to get out of the car, (her husband) would have to stop the car, get out, open her door and turn her. When she stopped that day, he never got a chance to stop the car before she got out. Everyone was amazed at how fast she got out of the car.”
Ms. Ward has experienced significant results from the procedure, which helped open blockages that doctors treating her in Poland said had closed 80 per cent of the vein on the left side of her neck and 20 per cent on the other.
When asked by the Advertiser whether her positive outlook and faith assisted in the results, she said the surgery itself was amazing.
“I don’t think so,” she said. “Because the things you saw over there was fantastic. One girl was done with me – she used to have to drink through a straw and she had tremors. After she only had a slight tremor, nothing like before. I am sure faith and a positive attitude has a lot to do with it, but she was changed.”
Ms. Ward said she had requested to be included in a study announced by the provincial government in September into the surgery, however to date she has heard nothing from the Department of Health in that regard.
“I called (for the trials) and told them I was going to Poland. Nothing was set up before I went on Oct. 8,” she said. “I called again and told them I was back. The doctor in Poland sent a CD of the procedure and the information on the blood flow before and after. I am very frustrated. They have the equipment and they have the people who know how to do it. What are they waiting for? They came out and said it, everybody was really excited that our province was going to help do something for people and it has gone nowhere.”
For now, Ms. Ward is simply enjoying her newfound ability to perform tasks most people take for granted. As she speaks, she alternates between crossing her legs and swinging them like a child, both simple acts she was unable to do a month ago.
She said her whole body has improved and she heartily recommends the treatment to other MS patients.
“I was like a piece of cardboard before - now it is not like that,” she said with a smile.
“I would say to anyone who is thinking about it – go. Your life is changed.”
我會對正在思考這個手術的任何人說: 去吧 你會改變你的生活!