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概括:The report marks the first time that scientists have produced direct evidence that human embryonic stem cells may have helped a patient. The cells had only previously been tested in the laboratory or in animals.
Sue Freeman
Laguna Beach
"It was pretty amazing. I mean, I was like kind of looking at everything new again, you know. Just sort of going around and first not believing it, but then really looking, you know. And realizing that, you know, I definitely had more sight in that eye." The other patient is Sue Freeman of Laguna Beach, California. She has a condition known as dry, age-related macular degeneration. It's the leading cause of blindness in the developed world. The disease had slowly destroyed Freeman's ability to read, drive, cook, and do so many things that were once so easy. It got to the point where she couldn't even go outside for a walk by herself. "Everything got harder. You know, simple things like seeing a telephone, turning on a TV, pouring a glass of water without spilling it." But within weeks of getting the cells, Freeman, who's 78, noticed landscapes seemed clearer and brighter. Soon, she was making her own breakfast again. One day, she felt so much better she convinced her husband to drop her off at the mall so she could go shopping.