Spotlight on the condition

Angela and Bob Baldock
Angela and Bob Baldock

A Scarborough woman who “lived life to the full” has died aged 51 following a long battle with multiple sclerosis.

Angela Baldock, of Westfield Avenue, had also been suffering with cancer and passed away in St Catherine’s Hospice.

In 2010 Angela underwent pioneering treatment for MS in Sofia, Bulgaria, and her story was picked up by the Scarborough Evening News.

The treatment involved inserting a balloon to open blocked veins, thus restoring normal blood flow to the brain.

It is not yet available to people with MS in the UK, but has shown encouraging results in a number of patients.

Following treatment Angela experienced immediate improvements in many areas such as fatigue, brain fog, balance, reduced tremor and improved speech.

These improvements lasted several months, but sadly over time were lost as her MS progressed.

Angela’s husband Bob submitted this treatment, known as CCSVI, as a topic for consultation with The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

This was accepted and subsequently a guideline was issued in March 2012, which supports and recommends further research into this treatment in the UK.

Following this a research study is being undertaken at Charing Cross Hospital in London.

Paying tribute to his wife, Bob said: “Angela never let her MS stop her enjoying life to the fullest as long as she could and her ever-present smile and her calmness and serenity touched the hearts of everyone she met.

“Angela was the loveliest bravest person you can imagine. Throughout everything she never moaned about anything once and always had a smile.

“If this research leads to a new beginning and new treatment for everyone with MS then for me this will be her legacy. I will carry her in my heart always.”

Although her mobility and abilities were affected by MS over the years, Angela managed to sail a 40 foot yacht crewed by people with MS from Liverpool to Swansea on a week long voyage, rode a quad bike on Dingli Cliffs in Malta and swam with dolphins.

She enjoyed many holidays all over Europe, flew in a light aeroplane around the tip of the CN Tower in Toronto and sailed under Niagara Falls in the Maid of the Mist before taking a helicopter ride up the Niagara River and over the top of the Horseshoe Falls.

Angela loved Canada and also went to Las Vegas where she took a helicopter flight over the Hoover Dam and along the entire rim of the Grand Canyon flying back to Las Vegas into the sunset.

Locally she was secretary of the Bridlington branch of the MS Society for many years before moving to Scarborough.

Around 100,000 people in the UK have MS. It affects two million more.

The MS Society offers hope for the future by investing millions in research, and help for today through information, support and campaigning. Call 0808 800 8000 to find out more.