Greek-Australian man Dimitri Garbas, father of two, has been battling multiple sclerosis since 2017. Battling crippling nerve pain and an array of other symptoms, he is now placing his hopes in trying a new treatment. for which he must travel to Russia. to receive.
Called hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT), the treatment is part of a desperate effort on the part of the young man, who says, “All I want in this life is to be a loving, caring, and father. capable for my young family.
“This is my cross to carry and I was fortunate to have two beautiful, healthy children and a woman who stood by my side.”
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As Garbas says greek journalist, “You see, as my condition worsens and everyday life becomes more difficult, I owe it not only to myself, but also to my family, to seek help wherever I can.”
Garbas and his wife received the worrying diagnosis four years ago, when his wife was pregnant with their first child. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an incurable and disabling autoimmune disease that damages the central nervous system; To date, only 0.02% of people worldwide have been diagnosed with MS.
“I was in the prime of my life,” Garbas said when diagnosed, recalling “On September 16, 2017, I remember waking up that morning with what I thought was a back pain and numbness on the left side of my body. .
“The neurologists walked into the room and said to me and my wife, ‘You have MS,’ followed by ‘from the morning you woke up like this your life will never be there again. same. “
“These words will come back to my mind over and over in my darkest moments,” Garbas admits. At the time, however, he was hopeful that the MS medications now on the market would do the trick and restore his life to a somewhat normal level.
“I had to be positive – I had a little girl on the way and I had to be able for her when she needed me most,” he explains on his GoFundMe page. “I wasn’t going to let MS ruin the happiest moment of my life, the birth of my child.” After an initial improvement in his condition, however, he began to experience the exhaustion that is often endemic with MS.
Sharp pains in his spine, arms, legs and hands were followed by blurred vision and muscle spasms, which left him motionless for some time.
The multiple sclerosis drugs he took “just didn’t work for me,” Garbas said, adding that he was determined to go through the experimental treatment because “I won’t leave anything to chance in my life. quest “to cure disease.
“HSCT provides the best results to date, halting disease progression at an 85% success rate,” Garbas notes, adding “It is extremely unfortunate that this treatment is not available in Australia for patients with MS. according to strict criteria, once the disease has in fact caused significant irreparable damage.
Garbas hopes that if his goal of raising $ 85,000 is reached, he can undergo treatment in Russia. “With God in my heart and the support of all my family and friends, I am ready to give HSCT a try. For my part, I am not going to sit idly by and wonder what tomorrow can bring in the form of this handicap ”, he declares.
“I don’t do this just for myself, I do it for my family,” Garbas says, adding “I sincerely hope you are never in my place – but if you were, I think you would do it all. what you could to overcome it.
Anyone who would like to help can contribute to Garbas’s GoFundMe page, here.