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[BBC] Paralysed man walks again after cell transplant

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A paralysed man has been able to walk again after a pioneering therapy that involved transplanting cells from his nasal cavity into his spinal cord.

Darek Fidyka, who was paralysed from the chest down in a knife attack in 2010, can now walk using a frame.

The treatment, a world first, was carried out by surgeons in Poland in collaboration with scientists in London.

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Spinal cord regrowth or repair was once thought impossible.

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None of those involved in the research want to profit from it.

Prof Geoff Raisman said: "It would be my proudest boast if I could say that no patient had had to pay one penny for any of the information we have found."

NSIF said if there were any patents arising, it would acquire them so as to make the technique freely available.
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Quite an achievement. This has a lot of future implications. Its amazing that they even thought about it.
Hopefully this can help a lot of people in the future.
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I have hopefully that in a matter of a decade or so we will have a viable and reliable cure for paralysis.

The amazing progress in treatment never ceases to amaze me. At some point we will fully understand this, likely use it for far wider treatments than just the spine and at some point we will be repairing lost limbs and potentially damaged organs. I hope to see all that in my lifetime, and maybe I'll see the cure for death itself. I wont care if I don't but wouldn't you be gutted if you knew you missed it by a day!
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I have hopefully that in a matter of a decade or so we will have a viable and reliable cure for paralysis.

The amazing progress in treatment never ceases to amaze me. At some point we will fully understand this, likely use it for far wider treatments than just the spine and at some point we will be repairing lost limbs and potentially damaged organs. I hope to see all that in my lifetime, and maybe I'll see the cure for death itself. I wont care if I don't but wouldn't you be gutted if you knew you missed it by a day!

I would agree with most of your post, except death. Death is necessary, keeps earth from overpopulating and is the natural order of the earth. I am excited about the potential it has for auto-immune diseases.
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I doubt we'll see this in any application other than the rich and privileged. The poor will remain paralyzed and crippled.
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As someone who is paralyzed, its awesome to see this technology advance.
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As someone who is paralyzed, its awesome to see this technology advance.

I can sympathize, I have a client who's a quadriplegic I care for her very much and I get to see her on a weekly basis.
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I doubt we'll see this in any application other than the rich and privileged. The poor will remain paralyzed and crippled.

TL;DR for you then ?

The team are fighting to keep control of the process to provide treatment at the lowest possible cost to patients, sure some wealthy people may pay to jump the queue (???)

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TL;DR for you then ?

The team are fighting to keep control of the process to provide treatment at the lowest possible cost to patients, sure some wealthy people may pay to jump the queue (???)

dunx

Somebody, somewhere paid for this to happen.

Best wishes to the guy for even better results in the future.
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