I am dedicating this blog to all who search for answers to a disabling block.
After a wonderful phone call with Tom Evans, author of the book Writers Block, I watched Horizon – Fix Me last night portray three people with disabilities or were they disabled?
Physically they were disabled and yet had set out to search for the latest research in the use of human stem cells for repair and regrowth. Each individual had a different disability and yet they shared the same persistent, stubborn determination in the search for answers. That search led them to top scientists and doctors who ‘one day’ would be able to grow new limbs and organs from their experiments and surgery. Mind blowing and pioneering stuff.
The journeys took these individuals to hospitals in different parts of the world but eventually one (a young man, who had lost most of one leg, through a nasty bone infection ) was introduced by an American Surgeon, to an American soldier, who was having the ‘stem cell’ treatment to help him grow ‘new finger bones’ after a massive blast injury. The American Surgeon explained the procedure he was using was to inject human stem cells into the amputated area. These stem cells would in turn begin multiply to create new bone growth before the scarring phase. The programme gave us a wonderful insight into the two professions – the scientists and the medical research profession.