A Melbourne based quadriplegic man will be able to seek radical stem cell treatment in China after winning a protracted legal battle.

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Appeals Tribunal (VCAT) (on Wednesday, July 26, 2006.) ruled a quadriplegic man can have his father and brother act as his administrator and guardian.

The decision by VCAT deputy president John Billings means the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, can seek experimental treatment in China that involves taking stem cells from aborted foetuses to repair damaged spinal cord tissue. The decision also means the father of three and his family can decide on what treatment he receives.

The order comes a month after the man’s court-appointed administrator applied to VCAT to have a guardian appointed to assess the treatment, forcing the man to surrender his passport and cancel travel plans. advocacy

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