A man suffering from paralysis since the past two years is now able to walk again, courtesy with a frame, after a successful Spinal Cord Transplant. The breakthrough treatment, to be included as part of publication in this month’s Cell Transplantation, has been under discussion for quite a while now, but has only now resulted in success.

During the year 2010, Darek Fidyka was repeatedly stabbed in the back, making him paralyzed to the core right from the chest down. However, it was fortunate for him that his nose was unscathed.

Spinal Cord Injury Cure

Olfactory ensheathing glias (OEGs) surround olfactory axons, the actual nerve fibers that are known to conduct electrical charges from the nose and then to the brain and even allow us to smell. What makes them more curious is that the spinal injury patients with OEGs maintain their capacity to promote new neurons into adulthood in a highly effective manner.

However, few reptiles can enhance new tails, for mammals the capability for regrowth is lost in most of the nervous system. Considering the fact that it is an olfactory receptor neuron which is stressful, however, they are forced to react to the chemicals drawn in with every breath. These neurons generally remain active for just six to eight weeks, and need constant relocation if we are not to give away our sense of smell. OEGs keep creating paths for new receptor neurons to forward their messages.

This perfect capacity for regrowth has drawn inspiration for spinal researchers dejected by the fact that the mammalian central nervous system fail to regenerate axons. The actual idea is that if OEGs are transplanted into the spinal cord at the time of injury, highly mutilated axons will begin to restore themselves.

Animal studies have resulted in axon regeneration and even helped injured rats and dogs to run like earlier.

How Darek Fidyka Treated

spinal cord injury cureAfter the attack Fidyka was put on an intensive exercise and physiotherapy program, without success. After two years, he was selected as the subject for the OEG transplant trial, a joint operation between University College London and Wroclaw University Hospital, Poland. Cells from one of his olfactory bulbs were cultured for two weeks before being transplanted through 100 micro-injections around the scar site.

To walk like before Darek Fidyka had to have one of his olfactory bulbs detached and cells from it developed.

BBC TV current affairs program Panorama was offered invitation to record his response to the treatment, and the efforts have not gone in vain. Initially, with five hours of exercise, five times a week, Fidyka displayed no response, but at the three month point he identified that his left thigh was putting on muscle. Post six months he was able to take baby steps with the support of leg braces and parallel bars.

As the program begins to go to air, Fidyka is able to amble on his own with the assistance of a walking frame. Few bladder, bowel and sexual functions has also revived. Development continues, and Fidyka told the BBC, “I think it’s realistic that one day I will become independent.”

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