the backbone of The people, his spine, has long been regarded as one of the most sensitive anatomical structures of our body. Neatly on top of each other lined up, allow us to many of the small vertebral bones, Tendons, and intervertebral discs to the upright gait. They protect the delicate nerve pathways of the spinal cord, the impulses from the brain to the legs and back to run. A complex Pathway that leads, ultimately, that we go, hopping, running, and stair climbing.
this anatomical artwork of a mess, separates the spinal cord in case of an accident, so doctors can often speak only a grim judgment. The patients are then paralyzed, forever, from the point downward, the nerves are severed. You can feel her legs, never more and move on.
But in the last few years, there are always messages that the verdict of the Doctors is not final. To succeed in a medical feat, the impulses from the brain through the damaged area in the spinal cord to the legs to flow. Supposedly a life-long Paraplegics can feel her legs again, Yes, you can move them sometimes even back again.
Initially, it was assumed that this would only work in very specific individual cases. But now doctors present, more and more patients have made after a year-long paraplegia, the seemingly impossible: you can go back a few steps.
thanks to the medical advancement has happened this miracle in the past few years. There are now more than a dozen patients in whom the paralysis was partially reversed.
of Course, no one referred to the small movements, the shaky steps, the few running metres as a real cure. Doctors are not magicians. But the small, often uncertain steps of the patients stir up hope for a medicine, yet much of what seemed impossible, possible.