The first spinal cord repair in a human being recently aired on Panorama to mixed reviews.
There does not seem to be enough clinical evidence to back up the claims in the programme with the key findings stating: "Development of an OEC-based therapy requires a controlled clinical trial focussed on ensuring safety, efficacy and reliability. None of these crucial elements have been furthered by the current study."
However, in truth, the day that a spinal cord injury (complete or incomplete) won’t necessarily lead to paralysis is getting closer. At present, paralysis for most cannot be reversed, but years of clinical trials have resulted in successfully making the operational muscles of the body work.
It is worth being mindful that spinal cord research is always strategically thinking to move repeated treatments forward and it’s no longer a question of “if” but “when” vital inroads will be made. Invaluable help from charities such as BackUp, SIA and Aspire provide remarkable support in mentoring, daily living skills training, family support, counselling, housing, peer development, political campaigning and welfare support, to name but a few.
Thanks to Cyclone Mobility for their thought provoking article, some quotes of which have been reproduced here.