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June 23, 2009


Rusty with his doctor, Geeta Shroff, in India

Hope In Stem Cells

President Obama recently relaxed federal rules about stem cell research in the U.S. But for many years, Americans wanting to try experimental embryonic stem cell treatment have been traveling abroad.

Rusty Leech was in an accident in 1998 that left him paralyzed from the middle of his back down. Since November 2007, Rusty has been to India three times for embryonic stem cell treatment. He says he's gained new nerve sensation and some physical functions. But the treatment he's receiving is not without critics. Doctor Stephen Minger at the Stem Cell Biology Lab at King's College in London is quoted as saying that the therapy is potentially dangerous and the clinic should be closed. Rusty talks with Dick Gordon about why he's willing to make the journey to India for stem cell treatments and how his body and his goals have changed as a result.

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