Stem cell clinic offers new hope to "Milko"
TYSON "Milko" Litfin is glad to be back home and hopeful stem-cell treatment in Germany will help repair his broken back.
As the QT reported last month, Tyson had a freak motocross crash on May 6 last year that left him paralysed from the waist down.
Desperate to walk again, the 21-year-old, from Grandchester, went to Germany to try stem-cell treatment, returning this week.
"I'm half jet lagged, I think, from the big flight but as soon as I came home I went to the gym and went to physio yesterday.
"They said I won't see any major change until the three-week mark," Tyson said yesterday.
However, he said the doctor who treated him seemed positive about his recovery.
"He said they'd never had anyone get nothing, so you'd definitely get something back. They just can't tell you what it would be," Tyson said.
"They reckon you need to give it six months and do intensive physio, gym, electronic stimulation, floating in a pool.
"He said the people who got the best results come straight back and go straight back into physio and being healthy."
Tyson said he went for a consultation on June 24 and the next day he went into a nearby clinic for the stem-cell treatment.
"They gave me a local and pulled some bone marrow out of my hip," he said. "That was a dead-set 10-minute procedure and I didn't feel anything.
"It was easy as.
"They got the stem cells and the plasma and I went back and he gave me a lumbar puncture.
"They inject 10ml of stem cells into your spinal cord. They also put 10ml of stem cells intravenously and plasma injections into your legs.
"That was another 10 minutes so, all up, it was a 20-minute procedure.
"Then I stayed overnight at their clinic.
"You can get side effects like back pain, headaches and nausea. He said I didn't have any because everything went so smoothly for me."
Tyson had a check-up in the morning and he and his partner, Jes Irving, flew home the next day.
"It's hard to say because it's only been seven days or something since it was done," he said when asked about his outlook.
"But one thing I can say is I don't understand why they can't do it in Australia.
"It's not a hard procedure. It's pretty much two needles so you may as well try it. You've got nothing to lose.
"If you're going to be in a wheelchair for the rest of your life, you may as well try different things to get your legs back."
A Bulls and Bikes event is at Grandchester on August 3 to raise money for Tyson.