GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - The prayers of an M.S. patient in Grand Junction have been answered.
Last month, Cynthia Kohls shared her story with 11 News. She’s been selling homemade jelly to fund treatment for her multiple sclerosis, which has diminished her ability to move. She’s been saving for a $35,000 operation, not yet approved in the U.S., which would open clogged veins in her upper body.
She says it's a common problem many M.S. patients face, where blood enters the brain normally, but is then blocked from re-circulating. "They can go in, and open up the veins through angioplasty and stents, and with that blood flow... they've pretty much sopped the progression of the disease," says Kohls.
Now a doctor from an American–run hospital in Mexico has offered to do Cynthia's procedure, at–cost.
She will be part of the hospital's first round of M.S. patients to undergo the treatment. Cynthia leaves Monday, and has high hopes that when she returns, the procedure will have stopped her disease from getting worse.