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Paralyzed Man Walks Again Thanks to Breakthrough Cell Surgery

By    |   Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 05:56 PM

A breakthrough procedure has allowed a Bulgarian man to walk again after a knife attack paralyzed him in 2010.

Surgeons in Poland collaborated with scientists in London on the treatment, which involved transplanting cells from Darek Fidyka’s nasal cavity into his severed spinal cord.

"When you can't feel almost half your body, you are helpless, but when it starts coming back it's like you were born again," Fidyka said, according to the BBC.

Geoff Raisman, chair of neural regeneration at University College London's Institute of Neurology, called the achievement “more impressive than man walking on the moon.”

The cells used in the treatment are olfactory ensheathing cells, which enable nerve fibers in the olfactory system to be continually renewed.

The transplanted nerve cells formed a pathway across the gap in Fidyaka’s spinal cord, and within months he began to regain feeling in his legs, The Washington Post reported.

“I believe we have now opened the door to a treatment of spinal cord injury which will get patients out of wheelchairs. Our goal is to develop this first procedure to a point where it can be rolled out as a worldwide general approach,” Raisman told The Independent.

Twitter users expressed enthusiasm.







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