DAVID GRANOVSKY

Paralyzed RI lawmaker hails stem cell decision – International Herald Tribune

In ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on March 11, 2009 at 12:11 am

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Paralyzed RI lawmaker hails stem cell decision -The Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I.: Rep. Jim Langevin was 16 years old when a policeman’s accidental gunshot severed his spinal cord and left him paralyzed.

Though doctors told him he would never walk again, Langevin said he’s remained optimistic for a scientific breakthrough that would make it possible.

PLEASE wake up Jim!  Adult stem cells have already given the world SCI scientific breakthroughs.  60% recovery in Iran.  Similar results in Portugal.  Don’t miss the bus while you sit at the embryonic stem cell station holding your breath. – dg

That’s why an executive order Monday lifting federal funding restrictions for embryonic stem cell research has personal meaning for the five-term Democrat. He hopes the science can one day help him ditch his motorized wheelchair and walk on the floor of the U.S. Capitol.

“I’ve always believed that in my lifetime, someday I would walk again,” Langevin, 44, said in a telephone interview after watching President Barack Obama sign the executive order at a White House ceremony. “It just seemed counterintuitive that we wouldn’t find a cure for spinal cord injuries.”

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