"It's the same group of people ... who have no background in this and they're going to decide on after-care?" said Patrick Farrell. "I look at it with the greatest amount of suspicion."
Farrell's wife, Barb, is bed-bound. A year ago, she was in hospital, considering moving to a hospice. But some local benefactors flew her to the United States and paid for treatment not available in Canada.
The treatment is angioplasty on veins for a condition called CCSVI (chronic cerebro-spinal venous insufficiency). It's considered unproven and is not available in Canada. But many Canadians are seeking the treatment abroad. And they require follow-up when they're at home.
Barb reports some progress, but remains bed-bound. Her husband said treatment for her has fallen between the cracks. She's back at home and getting home care, but she has not received physiotherapy, or any rehabilitation treatment.
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