Somewhere, Christopher Reeve, who raised so much money for spinal cord research, is smiling:

A man who was completely paralysed from the waist down can walk again after a British-funded surgical breakthrough which offers hope to millions of people who are disabled by spinal cord injuries.

Polish surgeons used nerve-supporting cells from the nose of Darek Fidyka, a Bulgarian man who was injured four years ago, to provide pathways along which the broken tissue was able to grow.

The 38-year-old, who is believed to be the first person in the world to recover from complete severing of the spinal nerves, can now walk with a frame and has been able to resume an independent life, even to the extent of driving a car, while sensation has returned to his lower limbs.

Professor Geoffrey Raisman, whose team at University College London’s institute of neurology discovered the technique, said: “We believe that this procedure is the breakthrough which, as it is further developed, will result in a historic change in the currently hopeless outlook for people disabled by spinal cord injury.”

3 thoughts on “Breakthrough

  1. Eventually medical science will find a way to repair every war injury ever suffered by mankind. Except for death. Isn’t it wonderful that the human cost of war is disappearing? Once they discover a cure for death we can all fight each other endlessly for fun and profit. The preceding was a message from Debbie Downer and is in no way meant to offend the neo-cons.

  2. This is really wonderful. Despite Debbie’s downside, I’m happy for those who’ll receive this treatment. The cherry on top is that it was developed by those notoriously incompetent (to the Reich-wing) Europeans. I’m sure that insurance companies and the Teaparty will find a way to make the procedure unreachable for 99% of the population.

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