Fix Me

2009, Health  -   22 Comments
Ratings: 5.67/10 from 3 users.

Fix MeHorizon follows the emotional journey of three young people with currently untreatable conditions to see if within their lifetime, they can be cured.

Sophie is desperate to discover if there's a medical breakthrough which will get her walking again - a car crash after celebrating her A level results left her paralyzed from the waist down.

Anthony's leg was amputated after a rugby accident on the eve of his eighteenth birthday. Will he ever be able to regrow his leg? Father of four Dean is desperate for a cure for his damaged heart to avoid an early death.

They've all read the headlines about the astonishing potential of stem cells to heal the body. Now they've been given access to the pioneering scientists who could transform their lives.

With so much at stake, each meeting is highly emotional as our three young people find out if science can fix them.

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22 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Jolene

    Wow, so informative...what we are now able to do is amazing to say the least. It will be interesting to see where we are in years to come with steam cell research. Great documentary, thank you.

  2. Wizzy

    @ Ien Carlson

    Jesus never spoke about stem cells. It's people who don't like these modern ideas and possibilities that use his (or god's) name for supporting their own personal/communal opinions. Pretty offending to me, personally speaking.

    In fact, if the bible won't let us humans interfere with life, then why do religious people also see the doctor for medical support?
    If comatose people with no view on any recovery can't be euthanized by moralistic standards (for example the dramatic case of that lady in Florida several years ago), why are they breathing and eating with the help of machines in the first place?

    If god wanted men not to waste any potential life by using embryo stem cells, then why would he build men to waste millions and millions of potential humans in the form of dying spermatozoa with each ejaculation, because just only one can make it into the female egg (and a lot of times that even won't happen)!?

    I'm a big supporter of biologic research and I'm hoping for some fast progression in medical health care.
    It might even save you or your kids someday.

  3. Atrophy

    The fetus has a very minimal brain at week 9 (61 days), with minimal operation. I'm guessing little more than controlling heart and lung movements which stimulate development.
    The stem cells are harvested at around 5 or 6 days, not even 1 week in.

  4. Atrophy

    Charles has every right to his opinion, even though there is differences between our opinions, namely soul and the scientific definition of what constitutes a living organism.
    In the fact of lab culturing embryonic stem cells, one could look at it from several angles. Without the union of 2 parents to conceive or a mother to receive implantation, does that test tube culture even have a soul ?
    Nothing more than a few hundred cells of raw material have been built at the time when the cells are harvested and then cultured in the pitri-dish. The act of brushing our teeth has a more devastating effect on life as it exists for the embryo at that specific time.

  5. Soeren

    Charles B.14 Murder of the unborn is not an option to obtain stem cell for any reason!

    please listen to yourself? abortion is no more murder than masturbation. i dont remember exactly when a fetus starts having brain activity, but until then it cant be murder.

    lets hope you never are in dire need of stemcells, cause if that happens you will be whining that it wont be there for you

  6. Atrophy

    @ Charles B.
    I did a little research and found this;
    What are the similarities and differences between embryonic and adult stem cells?

    Human embryonic and adult stem cells each have advantages and disadvantages regarding potential use for cell-based regenerative therapies. One major difference between adult and embryonic stem cells is their different abilities in the number and type of differentiated cell types they can become. Embryonic stem cells can become all cell types of the body because they are pluripotent. Adult stem cells are thought to be limited to differentiating into different cell types of their tissue of origin.

    Embryonic stem cells can be grown relatively easily in culture. Adult stem cells are rare in mature tissues, so isolating these cells from an adult tissue is challenging, and methods to expand their numbers in cell culture have not yet been worked out. This is an important distinction, as large numbers of cells are needed for stem cell replacement therapies.

    And from another source:
    Although the cord blood does contain stem cells, there are generally not enough stem cells in one unit of cord blood to treat an adult patient...

    Ill do some more reading tonight after work.

  7. Charles B.


    Yes, I know they culture embryos in the lab these days as they said within six days the cells are not divergent. But, I believe the soul is "created" at conception of the sperm and the egg, therefore the embryos are "human" and not just cells that we can arbitrarily use for our own benefit.

    But, Umbilical stem cells may prove remarkable if pursued just as vigorously as embryotic stem cells, and perhaps even our own adult stem cells eventually.

  8. Atrophy

    @Charles B.
    They culture them in labs these days I would imagine.
    Test tube fertilization of an egg. Umbilical stem cells have become specialized, they are not universal.

  9. Charles B.

    Murder of the unborn is not an option to obtain stem cell for any reason! Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't umbilical blood just jampacked full of stem cells? Work with that! Perhaps it can even be drawn before birth in some cases without harming the unborn child. Scientists are so focused on the murder of the unborn that few of them can look to other options, such as the adult stem cells mentioned as an option.

  10. Atrophy

    @carl thiessen
    Do you have a relatively modern tv with HDMI or VGA input ?
    You can get cables to connect your PC... or if you have Firefox installed and you are computer savvy you can use a program called DownloadHelper which lets you grab flash videos from the internet you can then stream them via network through an XBox360 or PS3, or convert them to any format supported by your DVD player and burn them to disc.

  11. carl thiessen

    where can i buy all these documentarys so i can watch them in the comfort of my tv in the basement?

  12. cg

    i subscribe to George Carlin's view... "People say life begins at conception, I say life began about a billion years ago, and its a continuous process. Continuous...just keeps rolling along."

    i hope people stop being stupid about this stuff during my lifetime. Go Research! Go Stem Cells!

  13. Atrophy

    @John D
    Well, we could test on humans... say... condemned prisoners... but then we get ripped by human rights activists. Its a no win situation. In some prisons those buggers live better than I do !
    Sentience is the ability to feel or perceive...
    in that respect almost everything is sentient on some level.

  14. John D

    I just had a huge argument with an animal rights activist/vegan... About animal testing.. Id like to see them face these people and say.. "Sorry no cure for you".. I love animals imo more then most do.. But at the same time, Im not spiritual and I dont believe every living thing is sentient.. What would you all say to someone who wants us completely leaving animals out of all testing foods etc etc etc..Is it even plausible? I know all of you have great opinions about these things, sorry if Im being random here but I think that person I was talking to should watch this video..

  15. ash breaks stuff

    I'd like to see more docs about stem cells.

  16. Atrophy


    Wiki says:
    Embryonic stem cells (ES cells) are pluripotent stem cells derived from the inner cell mass of the blastocyst, an early-stage embryo.[1] Human embryos reach the blastocyst stage 4–5 days post fertilization, at which time they consist of 50–150 cells. Because isolating the embryoblast or inner cell mass (ICM) results in the death of the fertilized human embryo, this raises ethical issues.

    The controversy is, when does life begin. Most religions will tell you at the moment of conception which feeds the huge debate over abortion and stem cell research.

  17. Ien Carlson

    Jesus does not want you to use stem cells. You will have to suffer with your conditions as the Christian majority will block scientific funding.

  18. Bar

    Why is there much controversy? Can't people see the wonders it offers?! Whats the big deal? I bet if those who opposed it lost an arm or leg and the only way to be better again was via stem cells i bet they would soon change there tune than go on living as an amputee.

  19. Jay

    I'm 20 yrs old A/K amputee. I can only dream of the day when such treatment will be available for me & others with similar untreatable conditions. Life as an amputee is very challenging & difficult. Shame on those who are against stem cell research. Watching this documentary instilled more hope into my life.

    Thank You for Posting This.

  20. Ruckusronn

    Fantastic!As an amputee I know my residual limb has kept growing.I'm a little too old for this kind of technology to work for me but happy to know it will help others,Thanks once more!

  21. Atrophy

    Stem cell research is truly amazing and offers a world f hope to anyone with incurable conditions.
    I'm hoping there will be a cure for Tinnitus via stem cell or other methods available within my life time.

  22. Lele

    as usual, Horizon documentaries are the best. Fantastic production values, well written and researched and occasionally even emotionally resounding. Like this one. Thanks Vlatko!