Pioneering treatment at clinic in South America

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A determined mum hosted a charity event in Ilkeston to raise money to help pay for her autistic son to receive pioneering stem-cell surgery in South America.

Lisa Mellor hopes that the specialist operation can go ahead and will help eight-year-old son Arron’s condition.

The treatment, which would take place at the Stem Cell Institute in Panama City, Panama, costs around £9,000 with extra needed for travel and accommodation.

As part of her fundraising, Lisa hosted a night of music at The Harrow pub on Bath Street last Saturday (August 16), which collected £255.

Lisa, 39, said the surgery is going to be difficult but worth it, adding: “Western medicine gives mothers like me no hope of a cure for autism, only medication to help with some of the symptoms, which sometimes have unpleasant side effects.

“I have spoken with families who have treated their children at the Stem Cell Institute and are seeing amazing gains.”

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people.

It also affects how they make sense of the world around them.

Lisa said: “Although there is no guaranteed cure, I have great hopes this (the stem-cell treatment) will make a difference.”

Lisa also thanked those who took part in the charity night, saying: “I’d like to thank The Global Tribe UK, John, Denise and Josh at the Harrow, the Lime Lights and the Dreaded Monkey.”

To donate towards Aaron’s surgery, please visit