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Irish teacher suffering with MS launches campaign seeking revolutionary treatment

Deirdre McGarry

An Irish teacher suffering with Multiple Sclerosis is aiming to raise a whopping €75,000 for an advanced treatment that could cure the illness.

Dubliner Deirdre McGarry recently launched a campaign to fund her stem-cell transplant in Russia, which she hopes will take place in 2017.

The mum-of-two, a teacher at Manor House School in Raheny, has received plenty of well-wishes from past pupils, reports Dublin Live.

She said: "Even since this morning more past pupils have got in touch and we've also had a couple of donations."

In the past few months Deirdre has received support from staff and students in her Raheny school.

They have been tweeting #TeamDee and #BeatingMS to show their support for their beloved teacher.

Deirdre was diagnosed with MS in 2013 and has suffered immense pain as a result of the condition.

She explained: "With MS my immune system thinks my nervous system is a virus and attacks it.

“When this happens I have a relapse. Sometimes after a relapse everything goes back to normal but other relapses leave permanent damage."

Speaking to the Northside People, she added: “In 2013, I had a relapse that has left the right side of my body, from my neck down to my toe, numb and I suffer a lot of pain.

In March, #TeamDee hosted a fashion show in Manor House School and also a Mothers Day brunch in order to raise funds and awareness

The Raheny teacher said she currently takes one pill a day to reduce her symptoms.

She added: “Even on this drug my MS has progressed and my brain and spine have an uncountable number of lesions/scars. My spine is particularly bad.

“I also have to get regular checks on my liver and white blood count as this drug carries many side effects.”

McGarry discovered the possibility of an alternative remedy after watching an episode of 'Panorama' earlier this year.

The programme discussed a revolutionary new treatment known as Autologous Haematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (AHSCT or HSCT).

AHSCT is currently on trial in the UK which means it may not be available to sufferers in Ireland for quite some time.

Deirdre was disappointed at the thought of a long wait for a treatment that could potentially cure her but after continuing her investigation she discovered it's availability abroad.

She added: "I was on Facebook and someone who posted a comment about the programme mentioned that the treatment was currently available in Russia

“The feedback on this treatment is hugely positive."

After much research, Deirdre got in touch with Dr Denis Fedorenko who has since approved her for the stem cell transplant in Russia.

He said: “This HSCT treatment will take my new stem cells - which do not know I have MS - from my bone marrow and freezes them while they mature.

"I will then have chemotherapy to kill my existing immune system.

“When it’s all clear the extracted cells will be replaced and my body won’t know I had MS.

"This new immune system will not think my nervous system is a virus.”

Story Source: The above story is based on materials provided by IRISHMIRROR
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