Paral­ysed man walks after new spinal surgery

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A MAN paral­ysed from the waist down after his spinal cord was sliced in half in a stab­bing at­tack is able to walk again after pi­o­neer­ing surgery.

The 38-year-old Bul­gar­ian, who suf­fered his in­jury in 2010, is be­lieved to be the first per­son in the world to re­cover from com­plete sev­er­ing of the spinal nerves.

Darek Fidyka can now walk with a frame and has been able to re­sume an in­de­pen­dent life, even to the ex­tent of driv­ing a car, and sen­sa­tion has re­turned to his limbs.

Sur­geons used nervesup­port­ing cells from his nose to pro­vide path­ways along which the bro­ken tis­sue was able to grow.

De­spite suc­cess in the lab­o­ra­tory, it is the first time the pro­ce­dure has been shown to work in a hu­man pa­tient.

A Pol­ish team car­ried out the surgery after the tech­nique was dis­cov­ered by a team at Univer­sity Col­lege London.

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