MULTIPLE sclerosis patient Nikki Tatum is so desperate to ensure a bright future for her two daughters she is travelling alone to Russia in the hope of a cure.
The 33-year-old has refused to accept doctors’ prognosis that she may become blind and be confined to a wheelchair.
So she has pinned her hopes on a radical $80,000 haematopoietic stem cell transplantation in which her stem cells will be extracted, her immune system wiped out by chemotherapy and then rebuilt by re-implanting her stem cells.
Because the treatment is not available in Australia, she plans to travel to Moscow.
Ms Tatum said multiple sclerosis is robbing her of everything that brings her happiness, especially her ability to be a mother to daughters Elly, 4, and Sasha, 1.
“I have two beautiful girls I want to look after, I don’t want them to have to look after me,” she said.
“I just want the best for them. I want them to have a normal life with a normal mum and not to watch me on the lounge and ask why I can’t come outside and play or say ‘Mummy why did you forget to do this again?’.
“I just can’t do it. They’re innocent and that’s the way I want to keep it. They don’t need to worry about mum and why I’m upset and tired all the time. I’m doing this for my children and my future.”
Ms Tatum was diagnosed with MS in 2010 however the disease lay dormant for four years, during which time she had her daughters with partner Wayne Dunbar.
At the start of this year the disease came back with a vengeance.
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BSc (Hons) Microbiology
Biovault Family CEO, Kate Sneddon, joined Biovault in July 2009 and became Chief Executive Officer in 2016. As health industry professional her experience includes working as a microbiologist and leader at GSK for over 10 years. Her expertise in cord blood banking has been recognised in her awards, features in Parliamentary Review and Parents Guide to Cord Blood, as well as contributions to research with UCL and others.