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Stem cell treatment to cure Dasmunsi

Rhythma Kaul.

delhi Updated: Sep 21, 2009 00:44 IST
Rhythma Kaul

Former information and broadcasting minister Priyaranjan Dasmunsi (64) will be taken to Bonn in Germany between October 18 to 24 this year for stem cell treatment.

Dasmunsi has been lying in a paralysed state in New Delhi’s Apollo hospital since the past 11 months.

Giving details to HT of his treatment in Germany, Dasmunsi’s wife Deepa said: “We are in touch with doctors through mail at a couple of institutes there that use stem cell treatment. They haven’t assured us anything, as it’s going to be on an experimental basis. But I’m hopeful.”

The family is yet to zero in on any institute for treatment.

“It’ll take me a couple of days to sort out things, and decide how we want to go about the whole thing,” she said.

Two months ago, a doctor from germany had examined Dasmunsi, and it is on his recommendation that the family is taking him to Bonn for the experiment.

“He told us that in Germany they do treat such patients using stem cells, but it is all experimentation, as final result can’t be predicted in such cases,” said Deepa.

“At this stage I am clinging on to every glimmer of hope coming from anywhere. I want my husband back, and I’m sure he will be back,” she added.

The family have consulted doctors who offer experimental stem cell therapy in India.

"We are in touch with people in India but weren’t convinced. The German doctors appeared to be more transparent in their approach; they will take cells from his body only and culture them for use in his treatment,” she said.

Dasmunsi is stable but has made little improvement since he was put off life support system in January this year.

Doctors treating him at the hospital describe his condition as ‘neurologically status quo’.

In the past 11 months, the family has tried all sorts of medication and even alternate therapies to improve his condition.

“We tried everything, Ayurveda, homeopathy, and even Baba Ramdev came to visit him, but his condition remains the same,” she said.

Baba Ramdev could not be much help has his treatment uses yoga asanas.

“His way of curing is through performing yoga, but my husband is lying in almost a paralysed state and couldn’t perform them,” she said.

Dasmunsi was brought to Apollo on October 20, 2008 from AIIMS, where he was admitted on October 13 following a massive heart attack.