Nearly 600 Saskatchewan Multiple Sclerosis patients have applied to be part of a clinical trial in New York.
The provincial government is spending $2.2 million to send 86 patients to take part in trials of the controversial Liberation therapy, which many who have undergone the procedure have said drastically improved their symptoms and changed their lives.
Mark Docherty (pictured above), Saskatchewan Party MLA for Regina Coronation Park, had the procedure performed in Bulgaria in 2010. "It's very similar to an angioplasty through your arteries if you're having heart problems," Dochert says in describing the procedure. "They just snake through your veneous system to the vein, they open up the balloon, and open up the vein as much as they can."
Docherty adds after he underwent the procedure, he saw instant results: "I had more energy... I had my vision and cognitive function improved, my spacisity got better."
In this specific trial, half of the patients will have the procedure performed on them, and half will have a placebo procedure. The 86 applicants will be randomly selected for the trial which is "double-blind", meaning that neither the patients nor the doctors will know if they've had the actual procedure or the placebo.
Applications will be taken until February 24th by visiting the Provincial Government's website.
Todd Vallee talked with Mark Docherty about his experience with the Liberation therapy: