60 Minutes this week has stories on strokes and a trip to Patagonia.
Every ten minutes in Australia, someone suffers a stroke. It’s our second-biggest killer and has left nearly half a million survivors living with crippling disability. Despite the dramatic medical advances in other fields, there’s only so much that can be done for a stroke patient – which makes the work of one clinic in America so tantalising. The new therapy is controversial and heavily criticised, but the patients say it’s truly miraculous. This Sunday, Michael Usher meets the woman who was left paralysed by a stroke three years ago and became trapped inside her own body. She could hardly walk or talk. What happens in the next 3 minutes, has to be seen to be believed.
Reporter: Michael Usher
Producer: Jo Townsend
There are very few places left on the planet that can be called pure wilderness. Patagonia, on the southern most tip of South America is one such place – a landscape of myth and legend. This Sunday, Allison Langdon travels to this remote land and uncovers the most breathtaking landscape. You’ll be in wonder at the giant glaciers – kilometres wide and hundreds of metres tall – as they fall away into the water below. Scientist Dr Stephan Harrison has been studying these beautiful ice flows for 20 years and says they hold a dire warning for the future of Planet Earth.
Reporter: Allison Langdon
Producer: Nick Greenaway
6:30 PM Sunday on Nine.