Paralyzed Man Walks Again After World’s First Cell Transplant

By: | February 5th, 2016

Paralyzed Man Walks Again

Paralyzed Man Walks Again

A Breakthrough for Spinal Injury Patients

Last year, medical teams from Poland and the UK collaborated on a new surgical cell transplant allowing 40-year-old Darek Fidyka to walk again. The new procedure gives hope to millions of physically impaired people around the world for whom spinal injuries have been a lifelong sentence of paralysis.

Fidyka was considered paralyzed from the waist down in 2010 after he was attacked with a knife, which severed his spinal cord.

According to the doctors who performed the surgery, olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs) were removed from the patient’s nose and grown in a culture. Next, the OECs were transplanted into the spinal cord with about 100 micro-injections above and below the injury. Surgeons also used nerve tissue from the patient’s ankle to reinforce the spinal cord. The¬†OECs provided a new pathway for fibers above and below the injury to reconnect and for communication to be reestablished.


Paralyzed Man Walks Again

Paralyzed Man Walks Again (Image Courtesy

The following video shows Darek Fidyka’s journey from being paralyzed to walking again.

David Russell Schilling

David enjoys writing about high technology and its potential to make life better for all who inhabit planet earth.

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