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Sask. MS patient has liberation treatment in New York

Visited Albany clinic ahead of clinical trial
Reported by Samantha Maciag
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Weyburn's Anna Tessier didn’t go to Bulgaria or India or Mexico to get the controversial liberation treatment for Multiple Sclerosis – she went to New York.

Three weeks ago, Tessier traveled to the clinic in Albany which will be offering clinical trials for more Saskatchewan MS patients starting in March. After feeling the results she said she feels like everyone should get the treatment.

Before she was diagnosed Tessier said her first symptom was vertigo. She described waking up feeling like she was drunk but she wasn’t. After being diagnosed with MS in August 2008 she lost her sight in her right eye and feeling in her hands and feet.

Tessier’s husband first started looking into liberation treatment. She said she couldn’t decide at first. Then her girlfriend had it done last year. Tessier said hearing that it worked for someone else helped give her the motivation to contact the Albany Medical Centre.

Tessier was on the waiting list at the clinic for about a year before having the surgery on Jan. 11. She said she wasn’t nervous going in because it sounded very simple.

“During the procedure they talked through everything,” Tessier said, describing the 45 minute surgery. “I felt the tube going up. I heard the swish of the dye in my neck. “

After two hours of recovery she felt the effects immediately after walking out of the clinic.

“I went shopping afterwards. I felt great,” Tessier said.

Before the treatment Tessier, who works as a teachers’ assistant at Weyburn Comprehensive High School used to sleep away all of her free time. Within days of the liberation treatment, her energy came back and her some of her symptoms disappeared.

“I don’t have numbness in my hands and feet anymore,” she said. “I used to suffer from a lot of migraines I haven’t had any migraines since.”

The Saskatchewan government first announced funding for clinical trials in Albany in September 2011 and they are still accepting applications until Feb. 24.  About 3,500 people in Saskatchewan suffer from MS and since the announcement the government has received 550 applications.

The funding for the trial will cost $2.2 million and 86 patients in the province will be chosen to participate in what the Premier Brad Wall called the largest double-blind liberation therapy study to date. 

You can visit the government website or call 1-855-690-9901 to apply for the trial.

With files from News Talk Radio's Natalie Geddes.

Edited by News Talk Radio’s Adriana Christianson.