Paralyzed man walks again after pioneering treatment

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A polish man who was paralyzed from the chest down is walking again after an experimental cell transplant. (WLS)

Darek Fidyka, from Poland, is walking again after a pioneering therapy involving cells from his nasal cavity. Fidyka was paralyzed from the chest down after being stabbed in the back four years ago.

Doctors and scientists in London and Poland worked together to create a therapy they are calling a true medical miracle.

Scientists used cells from one of his olfactory bulbs, which are part of the sense of smell, because nerve fibers there constantly regenerate. Surgeons in Poland injected the cells into a gap in his spinal cord, which had been severed, to stimulate repair and regrowth. As a result of the cell transplantation, Fidyka is regaining movement and sensation in his lower body.

Fidyka is at a rehabilitation center in Poland. Two years after the experimental surgery, and utilizing physical therapy five hours a day, five days per week, he can can now stand and take steps using a support frame.

Ten more paralyzed patients will soon take part in a clinical trial.
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