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Reverse Stroke: The controversial and incredible new therapy for stroke patients.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Reporter: Michael Usher
Producer: Jo Townsend

Every ten minutes in Australia, someone suffers a stroke.

It's our second-biggest killer and has left nearly half a million survivors living with crippling disability.

Despite the dramatic medical advances in other fields, there's only so much that can be done for a stroke patient - which makes the work of one clinic in America so tantalising.

The new therapy is controversial and heavily criticised, but the patients say it's truly miraculous.

Michael Usher meets the woman who was left paralysed by a stroke three years ago and became trapped inside her own body.

She could hardly walk or talk. What happens after this therapy, has to be seen to be believed.

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Viewers wishing to learn more about Dr Ed Tobinick’s treatments can visit

The Institute of Neurological Recovery has clinics in Los Angeles and Boca Raton, Florida.

Please note there are presently no Australian clinics offering Etanercept for stroke treatment.

Please visit your own health professional before seeking this, or any other, treatment for stroke.

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