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Family finds hospital willing to give experimental CJD treatment

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7379.8/a (Published 04 January 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:8
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    A teenager suffering from variant CJD, the human form of mad cow disease, is to have unprecedented treatment with a drug injected into his brain after the high court in Belfast gave the go-ahead.

    Jonathan Simms, 18, from Belfast, is expected to have the treatment with pentosan polysulphate within weeks after a Northern Ireland hospital agreed that it could be carried out in its operating theatres.

    His family, which is desperate for him to have the pioneering treatment in a last attempt to slow down the progress of the disease, was forced back to court after winning a …

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