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American man with rare muscle atrophy comes to Russia & walks again, after US doctors gave him no chance of recovery

An American man with a rare muscle disorder took a chance on Russia after doctors back home gave him little hope of walking again. In the US, Alan Spencer's prognosis varied between being bedridden for life or wheelchair-bound.

American man with rare muscle atrophy comes to Russia & walks again, after US doctors gave him no chance of recovery

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Now, after a month of treatment, under the guidance of Russian specialists, he’s able to walk on his own.

Spencer first felt something was wrong with his health around five years ago. Initially, it was his hands that lost their strength, then his condition began gradually worsening.

He was diagnosed with a very rare inflammatory muscle disorder known as inclusion body myositis, with only five-to-70 people in a million unlucky enough to be afflicted. Spencer, who at the time was Vice-President of Time Warner Cable for West Texas, had to quit his job, back in 2017, as he was unable to work anymore and doctors in the US couldn’t help him.

“You don't actually die, but you lose all your abilities. Your muscles die. .. Your immune system attacks your body… I went to Mayo clinic – (the) best one. They told me there is nothing you could do, just go home, learn how to live with it,” Spencer told RT’s Maria Finoshina.

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