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Sunday Newsmaker: Kim Spletter (part 1)

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Kim talks about her fight against Parkinson's Disease and her experience undergoing a clinical trial.

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Kim talks about her fight against Parkinson's Disease and her experience undergoing a clinical trial.
http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12463/6790155?cpt=8&wpid=2637 Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:59:54 +0000 Sunday Newsmaker: Kim Spletter (part 1) Kim talks about her fight against Parkinson's Disease and her experience undergoing a clinical trial. http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12463/6790155?cpt=8&wpid=2637 WHAG >> reporter: hello welcome to whag sunday news maker we feature a member of the community. today we will talk to a woman first person to go through ground breaking clinical trials to treat parkinson's. here is whag's carolyn with more. >> reporter: 1, fon year old woman this year has been full first. after five years of imprisoned in her body now she has a new lease on life. >> 2016 was nothing short of aable for kim sweater. it was the first year she could ride her bike again. first year she could teach karate again. and the first year that she could dance with her dad again. >> he asked me to dance before the procedure and i couldn't. it was so samplebody wants that their father and i didn't get it. >> i have now. >> kim was diagnosed with parkinson's disease when she was 45 years old. >> it blacked out. >> sometimes she could even walk. >> back in september of 2015, she had a break through procedure. >> doctors at umd in baltimore used mri guide ultrasounds to target renaling yons of her brain and after 14 soncasions -- >> she said watch this and jumped out of bed and ran across the floor. miraculous. >> it is never has been done before and doctors had no idea what to expect. the affects could have lasted just days. >> instead kim made the most oust 509 days she has been given. gi think when people see me it gives them hope. >> she doesn't get a day off >> since the procedure she spends eight hours a week at the gym and teaches a cycling class for people with parkinsons and doesn't get out without breaking a sweat. >> parkinson's has never had her. >> i never give up hope and i'm a fighter and i believe something will come along sooner or later that will kick park con's you know what. kim's peddling for parkinson's class is monday and wednesday at frederick y. i'm carolyn blackburn. >> reporter: joining me now is kim. >> nice to be here. >> what a story there that caroline told. when did you realize you had parkinson's. >> i was 41 years old i had gone to a doctor before they cannot figure out what i had. the diagnose took awhile. >> what symptoms were you having what brought to you talk the doctor about it. >> which is an adversary of immediate you could take. also that is a neurological disease. the that the intraenld says signals and tells them to contract for no reason. >> obviously, i felt video of you riding a bike and -- connecting a karate class. you obviously, were very active for a number of years? >> i was active and athletic and played every sport and rhode my bike and run. i couldn't do it anymore. >> as you begin realizing what was happening, i 19~ mean, this must have -- you know think you are not able to do the activities you would like. must have been very -- heart reasoning and -- >> it was. >> extremely. >> so now you heard about -- the specific treatment, obviously there has been a variety out there for parkinson's over the years. there was the clinical trial. how did you hear about that. >> my doctor put people on the board for the trial. i had gone in to see him for my regular appointment and he showed me the trial and, you check every box for the profit cal for this. i want you to think about temperature no pressureow. when you get ready to talk to me come in and we will talk. >> what's different about this treatment than the conventional treatments? >> one of the biggest treatments that they are more advanced. they will use your medicine. there is deep brain stimulation. they cut your scalp, go through the skull. put wires in the brain and you have a box that is put on your back that holds batteries like a pacemaker. this came along. no cutting. it is done with sound waves. chances for infection are zero. the skin or anything. you don't have to have wires or the boxow. once you do treatments that is it. >> relatively new, so it is in that -- >> absolutely trial stage. >> i tried to find as much research as i could it is difficult to find everything. >> so -- it was the right thing for me to do. >> yea. any idea how many are participating in the trial? >> i believe the number is 15 or they have one or two still. >> okay. >> are they all here in the maryland area? >> no. all across the country >> you were fortunate your dea doctor was on the cutting edge. >> absolutely. >> at hopkins and during that -- so you then went to hopkins to -- to university of maryland. to set this snup >> we want to hear more about this. will you stay




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