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Monday, May 16, 2005

Animal Rights Groups told man to "Roll over and Die"

Mike Robins is 63 years old and has Parkinson's disease . He was helped through surgery with the help of animal experiments. He can switch off the tremors that were destroying his life.

While at a conference to show the breakthrough treatment he was Jeered at by animal rights activists.

The procedure requires drilling a hole into the head of the patients and putting electrodes into the subthalamic nuclei that is responsible for the disease.

The procedure was perfected using monkeys.

'Several hundred people were shouting. Some called out "Nazi!", "bastard!" and "Why don't you roll over and die!" I tried to speak, but was shouted down. It was utterly terrifying.'

After trying, unsuccessfully, to show how his implant worked, Robins sat down. 'A handful of middle-aged women, the type you would meet in Sainsbury's every day, were sitting behind me. They started hissing in my ear: "You Nazi bastard. That's what they did in concentration camps".'

'It was if there had been a signal to shout me down. It was terrifying.

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