Quadriplegic Woman Fighting For Stem Cell Research

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Rep. Steve Israel and advocate Brooke Ellison expressed support Friday for expanding and providing additional funding for embryonic stem cell research.

Despite the controversial nature of the issue, Ellison – a quadriplegic since 1990 — said it could be the hope she has been looking for.

Ellison said she is fighting for the cause after a judge put a halt to federal funding for stem cell research this week.

“To deny people the opportunity for hope is unfortunate,” Ellison said at a press conference in Cold Spring Harbor.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports that Israel and Ellison believe the research could help fight diseases including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

“It’s really in our hands, in our midst and breakthroughs are well within our reach if we allow the science to move forward,” Ellison said.

  • Mark Smith

    This is vital research, so hopefully common-sense shall prevail!

    It is hard to imagine what Ms Ellison has had to go through, having spent most of her life as a quadriplegic.

    If this and other diseases can be realistically cured, especially through Adult Stem Cells, there can surely be no good reason to block this, in my view. (I see it as a duty to proceed!).

  • Ramen Brother

    How dare you blaspheme the Flying Spaghetti Monster, John. How is he any different from your Jesus?

    Well… okay. I accept Jesus did not have tentacles. But still! This is religious intolerance. Leave our noodly deity alone!

    FSM forever!

  • stevie68a

    I’m agnostic, and I think jesus is imaginary. Science is our only hope.

  • John

    m21, that is

  • John

    You’re an imbecile. Case in point. This is coming from an atheist.

  • m21

    The christians, or any of the other religious sects can’t help her… Except for the one true LORD, the Flying Spaghetti monster… He’ll use his noodly appendage to cure all of her ails….

  • JXJ

    Embryonic stems cells don’t work. Adult stem cells do. Plus you don’t have to kill a baby for them either.

  • sheldon archer

    She has nothing to worry about. The Christians will pray for her and I’m sure that will work. After all, I keep seeing bumper stickers “Try prayer, it works.” Oh, you could mention this to the Pakistanis also

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