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Local woman experiences amazing improvements

Cora 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

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. David Newell photo

Cora 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. 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.

 

Organizations: MS Society of Canada, Department of Health

Geographic location: Poland, Point Leamington, Tychy

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