TREATMENT SUCCESS: Joel Shepherd is able to walk to his mum Coralie Graham at his Toowoomba home after returning from reverse stroke therapy in the United States.
TREATMENT SUCCESS: Joel Shepherd is able to walk to his mum Coralie Graham at his Toowoomba home after returning from reverse stroke therapy in the United States. Kevin Farmer

Reverse stroke therapy gets results

TREATMENT has ended but the recovery trail will continue for Toowoomba reverse stroke patient Joel Shepherd.

The 26-year-old and his family are back in Australia after Mr Shepherd received three rounds of perispinal Etanercept at a Los Angeles medical institute.

His mother Coralie Graham said the results of the third treatment were not as dramatic as the first two rounds.

However, improvements were noticed in his swallowing, speech and tongue movement.

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"He was just more relaxed," Ms Graham said.

A lengthy flight home from the US and a lack of sleep caused Mr Shepherd's behaviour to revert to the level before his brain injury treatment.

"We saw him slip back and that was heartbreaking."

But after some rest the improvements returned.

Ms Graham said her son was happy and relaxed. "He can hold on to a conversation and continue a conversation."

She said the whole journey had been hugely expensive, hugely tiring, but "just wonderful".

Mr Shepherd's condition is expected to continue to improve gradually over the coming months.

His mother thanked everyone who had supported her family with the journey.

"Just the community support has been wonderful for us to have."



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