New hope for victims of paralysis
A new medical technique pioneered through a joint venture between scientists in the UK and Polish surgeons that allowed a paralysed man to walk again has been hailed as “more impressive than man walking on the moon.”
40 year old Darek Fidyka was paralysed from the chest down following an assault in 2010. The injuries which saw his spinal cord severed were until now believed to be untreatable. Following groundbreaking surgery Polish surgeons lifted cells from Dareks nose and transplanted them into his spinal column by micro-injection.
These transplanted cells then grew and reunited the spinal column. An extensive course of rehabilitation followed. By 3 months after the surgery Darek had gained muscle mass on his left thigh. By 6 months he was taking a few steps on parallel bars. Two years on from the surgery Darek is now able to walk outside with the use of a frame.
This is the first known time this technique has been successfully used in a human being to enable a previously paralysed person to walk again.
Darek is understandably overjoyed at his miracle recovery describing the feeling as like being born again.
Thankfully, the severe injuries suffered by Darek are extremely rare. His case, and the pioneering surgery he has undergone have raised the hopes of other victims of paralysis that there may soon be similar treatment available for them.