Today. Today is an important day for today, and for tomorrow in Canada. The Canadian Parliament meets today with leading CCSVI experts and advocates Dr. Hubbard, Dr. Haacke and Dr. McDonald to review and discuss the current stance on CCSVI treatment for MS patients in Canada.
CCSVI or chronic cerebrospinal venous insuffiency, has been a hot topic in Canada over the past 2 years, ever since news of Dr. Pablo Zamboni’s research broke on W5. Despite the growing popularity for the treatment, mounting evidence supporting the correlation between MS and CCSVI as well as the efficiency and safety of the CCSVI procedure, the CCSVI Liberation procedure continues to be unavailable to Canadians. That is, unless they choose to travel out of country for treatment.
Many MSers and their supporters feel that today, the fate of CCSVI in Canada rests in the hands of these three doctors, whom many call their heroes.
One CCSVI advocate and MS patient was able to sum up how so many Canadians are feeling, by saying:
“To know there are only 3 doctors in the whole Canada who dare to support our struggle is unimaginable. I left Poland because I have suffered “political mistreatment”, chose to come to Canada the land of opportunities, freedom and equality!!! Now when I need this country to stand by me in my moment of need, the same country that I work for the last 25 years paying taxes, medical, etc., this country is telling me I am not worthy of the medical attention I deserve. The irony is I could move back to Poland, have the European Passport and benefit from the insurance they offer that covers this “controversial and unproven” procedure.”
It should be noted that there are others at today’s session supporting the cause. Of notable mention, Dr. Kirsty Duncan, who is a Toronto area MP, who has been a very public and persistent advocate for CCSVI.
As Canadian’s wait for news from today’s session, there is great hope that this life changing treatment will soon be available to Canadians right here at home. Will there be a change in thinking in Canada? Will CCSVI treatment be coming home? Or will the government continue to push Canadians to leave home for treatment. Only time will tell, and the clock is ticking.