Paralyzed Man Miraculously Walks Again Following Amazing New Procedure (VIDEO)

wheelchairA paralyzed man is able to walk again thanks to a revolutionary procedure that could mean a miraculous breakthrough for others who've suffered spinal cord injuries. Darek Fidyka, 40, of Poland became paralyzed in 2010 after he was stabbed multiple times in the back during a knife attack. But he is now able to walk again after surgeons transplanted cells from his nasal cavity into his spinal cord. 

If it sounds incredible to us, imagine how amazing and unbelievable it is for Fidyka, who, despite intensive physical therapy, made little progress until now. He says:

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.

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This news offers hope for others with similar injuries and is a development Professor Geoff Raisman, chair of neural regeneration at University College London's Institute of Neurology, calls more impressive than "man walking on the moon." 

So just how did the team accomplish this miracle? They removed one of Fidyka's olfactory bulbs and grew the olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs), which are responsible in part for our sense of smell, in culture. Next, 100 micro-injections of those OECs were made around the area of the spinal cord where the damage was done. Then, four strips of nerve tissue bridged an eight-millimeter gap in Fidyka's spinal cord. The OECs then served as a "pathway," scientists believe, sparking a regeneration of spinal cord cells, which used the nerve tissue as a bridge over the severed spinal cord. 

Within three months of the procedure, Fidyka began to notice he was gaining muscle in his left thigh. After six months, he was able to take several steps using leg braces and holding on to parallel bars for support. 

Miraculously, he has also recovered some bladder and bowel sensation as well as sexual function. 

"What I have learned is that you must never give up but keep fighting, because some door will open in life," says Fidyka, who believes he will regain his independence one day thanks to this amazing surgery.

The team who worked on Fidyka is willing to accept patients from around the world as they believe they could help others with the same injury

This news gives much-needed encouragement to those who are paralyzed and their loved ones who have long-awaited a reason to stay positive. 

Does Fidyka's story inspire you?

 

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