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A London family man receives stem cell injection that “heals” damaged hearts


The prognosis for Owen Palmer, 52, was poor after he suffered a heart attack.

After his heart attack, Owen Palmer was barely able to walk or to climb stairs. Before his stem cell treatment his outlook was grim, ‘I had to come to terms with the prospect of not getting better’.

Treating the damage to heart tissue caused by cardiac arrests has often involved risky surgery and a lifelong reliance on medication. The new treatment being developed by Barts NHS Trust at the London Chest Hospital uses stem cell therapy.

Palmer, a business strategy director from Woolwich, has said his ‘life has changed dramatically’ since his stem cell treatment. He began the treatment in November 2012 and now fences three times a week.

Barts NHS Trust is involved in the world’s biggest trial of stem cell therapy for heart attack patients. The research is headed by Professor Anthony Mathur, with funding from the Heart Cells Foundation.

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