A LIMERICK man left blind and partially paralysed after an unprovoked attack in the UK is waiting to receive stem cell treatment in the United States, which could restore his vision and help him walk unaided again.
Brian Hogan, 34, from Ballykeeffe, is hoping this “revolutionary” treatment will help him reclaim the two years of his life that have been robbed from him.
The quantity surveyor was speaking this week to highlight Headway’s upcoming charity ball in October. The organisation for people who suffer from brain injuries is hoping to open a new training centre in Limerick.
Headway have received €500,000 from the JP McManus Charitable Foundation and have to match those funds to open the centre.
Brian described Headway as a “godsend”. “I meet other people who have brain injuries, it is an outlet for me where I get to learn more about the consequences of my injury,” he said.
He said while stem cell treatment has attracted controversy, he believes anybody in his position situation would “try anything to get their life back on track.” See iheartbrian.org to make a donation.