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Horizon follows the emotional journey of three young people with currently untreatable conditions to see if, within their lifetime, they can be cured.

Horizon follows the emotional journey of three young people with currently untreatable conditions to see if within their lifetime, they can be cured.

Sophie is desperate to discover if there's a medical breakthrough which will get her walking again - a car crash after celebrating her A level results left her paralysed from the waist down. Anthony's leg was amputated after a rugby accident on the eve of his eighteenth birthday. Will he ever be able to regrow his leg? Father of four Dean is desperate for a cure for his damaged heart to avoid an early death. They've all read the headlines about the astonishing potential of stem cells to heal the body. Now they've been given access to the pioneering scientists who could transform their lives.

With so much at stake, each meeting is highly emotional as our three young people find out if science can fix them.

1 hour

Chapters

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • Fix Me

    Sophie, Anthony and Dean have untreatable conditions; will they be able to find a cure in their lifetime?

    Duration: 01:56

  • Regeneration

    One emerging area of science, embryonic stem cells, could potentially cure many different conditions. However, these cells can be very dangerous.

    Duration: 08:08

  • Sophie's Choice

    Sophie, who is paralysed from the waist down, looks into unregulated stem cell clinics abroad as a possible alternative to waiting for mainstream treatment.

    Duration: 03:44

  • Making Bone

    Anthony travels to Finland to see how adult stem cells have been transformed into bone, and if this could have helped his broken leg before it was amputated.

    Duration: 07:03

  • Overseas Clinics (also, see chapter 3)

    Sophie meets someone from LA who has paid for treatment abroad. She also sees a Doctor who has studied patient's injuries before and after overseas care.

    Duration: 08:51

  • Medical Revolution

    Dean suffers from a rare heart condition that could kill him at any moment; he travels to a hospital to see if using a person's own adult stem cells can heal heart problems.

    Duration: 06:26

  • Creating Body Parts (also, see chapter 4)

    Research involving salamanders indicates that embryonic stem cells can be used to re-grow body parts. Whilst the American military are experimenting with something called 'pixie dust'.

    Duration: 10:07

  • Heart Maker (also, see chapter 6)

    Dean may not need to have a heart transplant as first thought, as a scientist hopes to regenerate a pig's heart that is populated with adult stem cells.

    Duration: 03:56

  • A Permanent Cure (also, see chapters 4 and 6)

    Embryonic stem cell research is on the brink of being given the green light by US authorities to undergo human trials, giving Sophie hope of a permanent cure.

    Duration: 05:21

  • Final Summary

    Do Dean, Sophie and Anthony still hold out hope for stem cell treatment?

    Duration: 02:22

Credits

Role Contributor
Producer Alex Steinitz
Director Alex Steinitz
Executive Producer Andrew Cohen

Broadcasts

  • Tue 27 Oct 2009 21:00
  • Tue 27 Oct 2009 23:20
  • Tue 1 Dec 2009 02:40

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