Widower Wishes His Wife Never Came to Newport Beach for Controversial Surgery

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A Canadian man wishes his wife had not come to Synergy Health Concepts in Newport Beach for treatment.

Make that, his late wife.

Maralyn Clarke, 56, suffered a massive brain hemorrhage hours after having her neck veins opened at the clinic, where the Calgary woman had undergone an experimental vein treatment for multiple sclerosis.

"I deeply regret she's not here and in hindsight I wish she hadn't had the procedure," Frank Lamb, Clarke's wife, tells the Calgary Herald.

"Something like this was never supposed to happen," he said of her death after the controversial "liberation" procedure. "The only way I could have stopped her from getting this treatment would have been to tie her up."

His wife attended a Synergy Health Concepts seminar earlier this year in Calgary, where clinic doctors explained the procedure developed by Italian neurologist Paolo Zamboni that involves opening up blocked veins. Stenosis, a narrowing or blockage of veins in the neck that drain blood from the brain, results in MS symptoms, according to Zamboni's theory.

In the recovery room after the $12,000 surgery, Clarke had extremely high blood pressure, according to Lamb, who said staff gave her medication and sent her on her way. Within hours, she suffered an extreme headache, nausea and vomiting. An ambulance rushed her to emergency at a nearby hospital.

She was taken off life support on April 18 after doctors determined she had suffered irreversible brain damage.

"No one ever mentioned this was a risk," according to Lamb. "I wonder if things would have turned out better if she'd been able to receive the treatment in a proper hospital."

The Canadian government announced on June 29 that it would fund clinical trials of liberation therapy for multiple sclerosis patients.

Despite his wife's experiences in Newport Beach, Lamb says he supports that.

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Our team is the most experienced group in all of Mexico and has performed more CCSVI treatments than any other team in all of Mexico. 


There are risks involved in all treatments, whether they be mechanical or pharmacological. I have had this procedure and knew the risks prior to even scheduling an appointment, and they were reiterated more than once by the staff at the clinic. While it is sad and unfortunate that this gentleman lost his wife, it is  naive to pursue any medical procedure without assuming risk. Likewise, the pharmaceutical treatments for MS have contributed to deaths, many more than from angioplasty for CCSVI. Where are all of the media reports regarding those deaths?


Get your facts rightprofesser zamboni is a vascular surgeon not a neurologist


I have M.S. I am 55. I had the procedure at this clinic in January,2011. The decision to have the procedure is only that of the patient. Friends and relatives can only influence the decision financially. This is an extremely unfortunate situation however, the decision to have the procedure was a last ditch attempt at getting some normalcy back. Quality of life is something only M.S.ers understand. The probability of something going wrong is negligible and far less than a number of less " controversial" procedures that are done on a daily basis. Of course he wishes she had not done this. She is gone forever! What needs to be considered is how she would have felt if she had not attempted something that has brought so much to so many.


Kat that is false info. The procedure is 75x the risk of tysabri.  7.5/100 patients havingvenoplasty will have serious complications and half will die.  Tysabri only 1 or 2 in 1000! Please don't do this treatment until all studies are done to see the mostimportant part - what the long term results are for your safety!


The latest stats for Tysabri are 145 cases of brain infection, and five more deaths bringing the total deaths to 29. 

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