Cell research the key to my son’s future

IT SEEMS Youth Defence is spending €60,000 on their advertising campaign against stem cell research at UCC.

I think they should consider donating the €60,000 to the research instead of a misleading ad compaign against the process that could bring cures to so many people living very dependent lives until a cure is found.

A vote was carried in UCC to allow embryonic stem cell research, so let them get on with their valuable work.

My 23-year-old son is quadriplegic following a rugby accident four years ago. He is getting on with his studies but his main focus is not to be dependent anymore, to roll in the grass with his dog, to feel anything below his chest, to sink into an armchair and chill out with his friends and not to need two PAs to get him up in the morning and again in the evening to help him to bed.

Last month the Food and Drug Administration in the US granted permission to Geron, a firm based in California, for the first clinical trial of a therapy based on human embryonic stem cells.

Other countries also are pushing ahead — Australia, China, Czech Reublic, Israel, Singapore, South Korea and Britain, so a cure will be found. I wonder when this happens will Youth Defence suggest my son and others should decline treatment?

Marie Harte

‘Waterville’

Carrickbrack Road

Sutton

Dublin 13

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