Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is now on sight after doctors at Fortis treated 47-year-old man with Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) who had lost his ability to see and walk.
Gurugram/New Delhi, December 19: In a ground-breaking procedure, leading Haematologists and Bone Marrow Transplant specialists, successfully treated Mr Anurag Mishra, a 47-year-old man, suffering from Multiple Sclerosis from the past seven years. Unlike the current line of MS treatment, which mainly includes steroid therapy, physiotherapy and symptom management, Dr Bhargava used Bone Marrow Transplant. As Mr Anurag, who was bedridden earlier, is back to his normal routine life, the innovative treatment approach may open the door to the complete cure of MS.
“BMT as the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis is still in an experimental phase. However, considering the exceptionally good clinical outcomes, I am hopeful that soon it will become a US FD approved treatment option for MS treatment. In this case, when Mr Anurag approached us, he was entirely dependent on others for his basic needs. But within six months after the treatment, he is back on his legs and is carrying on with his normal life,” says Dr Rahul Bhargava.
Dr Bhargava performed autologous bone marrow transplant where he used Mr Anurag’s stem cells for transplant, thereby reducing the chances of rejection and infections.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a life-long condition, known to reduce life-expectancy1. MS affects the brain and spinal cord that leads to serious disabilities. The most common symptoms of MS include loss of sensation and balance, restricted arm or leg movement and vision loss in one or both the eyes. MS is an autoimmune neurodegenerative disease, where the body’s own defence system starts attacking its nervous system, without any specific reason. The mean age of onset for MS is 27 years, which means often the disease hits when the person is in their prime.
As in the case of Mr Anurag, who was living a normal family life, cushioned with a well-heeled engineer career, After getting first attack of Multiple Sclerosis At that time, he lost vision in one eye and reduced vision in the other one. but he kept getting MS attacks, leading to severe disabilities, loss of job, depression and restricted movements and his both legs were almost paralysed. that made him completely dependent on his family. Soon, MS completely took over his life.
“Life with MS is very difficult. It’s like one day you are fine and living a normal life, the next day you are battling to survive. The attacks are sudden and may affect any part of your body, limiting your abilities. Apart from extreme pain and disabilities, the fact that disease is not treatable, makes its diagnosis very scary and depressing. I think I am very lucky to get to know about Dr Rahul Bhargava, who cured me miraculously. I can’t thank him enough for what he did for me and my family,” says Mr Anurag.
Talking about the chances of BMT success in MS, Dr Bhargava said, “For the success of the treatment, it is very important that the BMT is done before patient’s condition deteriorates beyond the scope of retrieval. Too much delay in the procedure can considerably affect the clinical outcomes. In the case of Mr Anurag, recovery is 90%, which means he received the treatment within recovery time-frame.”
With BMT coming as a promising treatment option for Multiple Sclerosis, chances are, in near future the disease will no longer be dreaded as non-curable. This will give hope to thousands of young MS patients across the country to once again live a normal life.