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Paralysed Man Walks Again: Ground Breaking Transplant
Darek Fidyka of Poland, who was paralysed from the chest down in 2010, can now walk again. Surgeons in Poland in collaboration with scientists in London performed the first cell transplant of it's kind to restore control of Fidyka's lower body. The team grew a sample of olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs) which are often in charge of such functions as your sense of smell, and inserted them into Fidyka's spinal cord. Before the treatment, Fidyka had been paralysed for nearly two years and had shown no sign of recovery despite many months of intensive physiotherapy. Three months after the treatment began, he felt pressure in his left thigh. Six months after surgery, Fidyka was able to take his first steps along parallel bars, using leg braces. Now, two years after the treatment, he can walk outside his rehabilitation centre using a walker. He said walking again - with the support of a frame - was "an incredible feeling", adding: "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." For more on the story - http://www.bbc.com/news/health-29645760
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