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Friends and family rally to help Rebecca get life-changing MS treatment

Friends and family are rallying around a Keynsham mum-of-two to help her get to Mexico for gruelling treatment that they hope could halt her multiple sclerosis.

Rebecca Matthews, 36, was diagnosed with relapsing remitting MS, a condition that progressively damages the body’s nervous system, two years ago.

The previously “hands-on” mum to six-year-old Frank and Albie, four, has suffered a number of relapses as different disease-modifying treatments have failed. She currently has to use a walking stick as the illness has taken its toll on her mobility and balance and suffers severe fatigue.

A different, aggressive form of treatment, haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), has shown promise in NHS patients who meet strict criteria – but Rebecca was devastated to be told she was not eligible.

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