Just One Person's Nose Assisted Him Wander

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Science is a strange creature: A man in Portland who had been paralyzed during a 2010 knife attack will be currently able to walk. . .after cells out of his nose have been transplanted to his spinal cord. Darek Fidyka has made a place in history a mind-boggling and massive success for medicine, using the first-of-its-kind operation. 

Our sense of smell comes nerve cell bundles known as bulbs. These bulbs are the only part. Professor Geoffrey Raisman of University College London, who initiated the procedure, states that if funding for trials are available, he and his team hope to treat three individuals in Poland during the next few decades. Harnessing the restorative powers of their olfactory bulbs has interested physicians. Fidyka grew them into a dish, underwent an experimental surgery in which the cells were picked by them in the bulb, and then injected them into Fidyka spinal cord. They also transferred four strips of nerve fibers that were ankle to Fidyka's spine, fusing it together. His thighs included muscle mass, and certain functions returned to normal. Fidyka can today walk, something he never thought he would do.

Fidyka's achievement demonstrates that the procedure is beneficial and safe for at least some of these will spinal cord injuries. Further study is required, but it is safe to say that good things might well be round the corner. "We think that this procedure is the breakthrough that, since it's further developed, will result in a historic shift in the currently hopeless outlook for individuals disabled with spinal cord injury," he says.

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