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Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TV -

ABC1, 8.30PM

Sabour Bradley re­turns with his sec­ond se­ries chron­i­cling the un­ex­pected twists in the lives of or­di­nary Aus­tralians. Tonight, he fol­lows two des­per­ate men search­ing for a mir­a­cle med­i­cal cure. The so- called “stem cell tourists” are ter­mi­nally ill, or in­cur­able in Aus­tralia, where ex­per­i­men­tal stem cell ther­apy can’t be per­formed. The sto­ries of Perry Cross, cheat­ing death since be­com­ing a quad­ri­plegic af­ter a rugby tackle gone wrong; and near- blind for­mer drag- racer Jamie Rug­ger are heart­break­ing. The jury may be out on stem cell dan­gers, ef­fec­tive­ness and ethics, but the men’s des­per­a­tion – and fears – are inar­guable.

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