Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Paralyzed Man Walks Again!
Dareck Fidyka, 38, who was paralyzed from the waist down after a knife attack is walking again after undergoing surgery using cells from his nose.
The technique involves using olfactory ensheathing cells from the nose and placing them on the spinal cord. This procedure is being reported as a breakthrough in the search for treatment for severe spinal injuries. This study offers hope for people with severe spinal cord injuries and who have been confined to wheelchairs; which up till now had no known treatment.
The doctors at the Institute of Neurology at the University College London developed this procedure and the Leader of the research group and Chairman of neural regeneration, Geoff Raisman said that their goal now is to develop the first procedure to a point where it will be rolled out as a worldwide general approach.
Photo credit: thetimes.co.uk