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    Injured rally ace flies out to China for stem cell treatment

    Injured rally ace flies out to China for stem cell treatment

    Saturday, March 31, 2007

    By Victoria O'Hara

    An Ulster paraplegic will today travel 5,000 miles to the other side of the world in a bid to transform his life through controversial stem cell treatment.

    Father of two Christopher Rogers lost the use of both his legs following a horrific high speed rally driving accident in 2002.

    But today he will fly to China for the treatment, which is costing around £35,000, and is unavailable anywhere in the UK.

    His uncle Cathal Rogers last night told the Belfast Telegraph: "This is a journey of hope for our Christopher."

    Christopher Rogers (39) lost his ability to walk in 2002 following a horrific accident at the Monaghan rally.

    The accident also claimed the life of his navigator Shane O'Neill.

    But the Draperstown man believes the stem cell therapy - a technique involving taking cells from the organs of aborted foetuses and 'transplanting' them into patients - will end the constant pain he endures.

    Following the accident, Christopher has no feeling up to just above the waist.

    He will travel today with his mother Rose to a hospital in Beijing, where he will stay for around five weeks.

    The treatment, which is costing around £35,000, is unavailable anywhere in the UK.

    His uncle, Cathal Rogers, told the Belfast Telegraph: "This is a journey of hope for Christopher.

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    http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/ne...cle2408216.ece

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    Hey Mamouli,
    Thank you for posting this wonderful article here. I also found it on the website http://www.nrrfr.com/english_nr.asp?newsid=1043&bt=News
    I really like the positive words "This is a journey of hope for our Christopher." Let's pray and wish Christopher good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by qiqibaby
    Hey Mamouli,
    Thank you for posting this wonderful article here. I also found it on the website http://www.nrrfr.com/english_nr.asp?newsid=1043&bt=News
    I really like the positive words "This is a journey of hope for our Christopher." Let's pray and wish Christopher good luck!

    I am wishing best of luck for Christopher! Let us know how he is doing qiqibaby.

    manouli.

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    Quote Originally Posted by qiqibaby
    Hey Mamouli,
    Thank you for posting this wonderful article here. I also found it on the website http://www.nrrfr.com/english_nr.asp?newsid=1043&bt=News
    I really like the positive words "This is a journey of hope for our Christopher." Let's pray and wish Christopher good luck!
    Thanks for posting. Let me emphasize the PS in the link:
    http://www.nrrfr.com/english_nr.asp?newsid=1043&bt=News
    PS: Mr. Christopher Rogers is in our institute at the moment. Everything is going on well and the transplant will be carried out days later. We want to emphasize is that the cells we use named Olfactory Ensheathing Glial (OEG) cells instead of stem cells.

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    It is interesting that he is specifically hoping that the treatment may end his extensive pain. Has there been any evidence at all that it can? I hope for his sake yes. It is a courageous leap of faith.

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    I have two friends who went there for their extensive pain and had no luck.

    It's a roll of the dice. imo
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