We were driving home from my 23rd birthday party when the chauffeur took a curve too speedily and lost control over the car. The car twirled around, crushed and landed on its roof. I was sitting in the commuter’s seat and was not wearing a seatbelt. So, consequently, I flew out off the side window and landed on the blacktop with my spine and my head. My injuries were virtually lethal and I was in a coma for 2 days and have no reminiscence of the next 4-5 weeks after the accident. My head and lungs were incapacitated, my collarbone, pelvis and left leg were broken, my spleen had to be removed and the doctors at the initial hospital performed a few operations. Regrettably, the doctors made the final decision not to operate my spine, as they assumed that the cord had been cut altogether. 11 days later, after I was relocated to a specialty clinic in Hungary, the surgeons there saw that the cord was not cut, but simply pressed by a bone. This meant that, I would not have been paralyzed, had the decompressive surgery taken place straightaway. My life had altered, I was in a wheelchair and I was in lots of pain, but I was enthusiastic to improve my situation and actually focused all of my energy on my physiotherapy program rather than anger and trepidation.

I received my first stem cell treatment at Viezec in May 2011. The stem cells were introduced via lumbar puncture. The whole experience, from the first pick up at the airport, to the specialized medical treatment and responsive service and care, was very satisfying. I had been told that improvement could be anticipated within the next 6 months. After around 4 months, I began to feel that my muscles were getting exhausted when working out during physiotherapy. I saw it as a very optimistic sign that my brain received signals from a part of my body that was paralyzed and without sensation for the last 5 years! Ultimately my spasms have amplified and I steadily started to feel pain in my toes and complete legs, but most of all, I could feel that my legs were moving during physiotherapy.

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