Tech-In-Motion: Amazing Technology Returned A Man His Walks
Darek Fidyka, a 38-year-old Bulgarian who was left paralyzed from the chest down when he was stabbed in an attack in 2010, is now able to walk again using a frame after receiving a pioneering transplant treatment using cells from his nose, and he’s regained feeling in his legs. Incredibly, he can walk even if a frame aids him. While it isn’t impossible, it is difficult to recover from a spinal injury. If you or a loved one find yourself in a similar situation, it can be challenging to get the help and treatment required. You may want to get a consultation with a law firm as they may be able to take on your case. Giving you the support needed to get through such a traumatic ordeal and helping you get the compensation you need so you can concentrate on recovery.
The technique, as described, is a breakthrough by a study in the journal Cell Transplantation, involved transplanting what is known as olfactory enheathing cells into the patient’s spinal cord and constructing a “nerve bridge” between two stumps of the damaged spinal column. Spinal surgery can be extremely complex, even for the best surgeons. This is why Darek was recommended to visit somewhere like Progressive Spine & Orthopaedics, to learn more about the procedure. It’s always good to learn what the surgery involves before going ahead with it.
The surgery happened in Poland with the participation of London and Poland scientists led by Dr. Geoffrey Raisman, a professor at the Spinal Repair Unit at UCL Institute of Neurology in London. Treating people with a complete spinal cord injury had generally been unsuccessful because of a lack of methods to generate several spinal nerves across the injured area. “We estimated that without this treatment, our patient’s recovery chances were less than 1%. However, we observe a gradual recovery of both sensory and motor function that began 4 months after the surgery,” said Dr. Pawel Tabakow of the Wroclaw Medical University in Poland.
What had been achieved after the surgery was “more impressive than a man walking on the moon” because it’s a historic change in the currently hopeless outlook for people disabled by spinal cord injury. Although some experts said that the medical evidence is far from conclusive, and it would be wrong to give false hope to people expecting a cure for paralysis, in fact, it inspired Dr. Pawel and his team to work harder for the further solid treatment. “We are currently raising the funds to mount an Anglo-Polish initiative to verify the benefits of this approach with further patients.”
Congratulations Dr. Geoffrey, Dr. Pawel and the team who have worked so hard to bring out the miracle and hope to the patients. Share your comments with us.