Doctors Restore Some Hand Function to Quadriplegic Patient

Location of spinal cord damage allowed surgeons to bypass damaged nerve in arm

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Dr. J. Marc Simard, a professor of neurosurgery, pathology and physiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, was excited about the success of the procedure.

"It's very important to caution that this applies only to those with spinal injuries far enough down on the spine that there are remnants of nerves that are still functional above the injury that can be tapped into," he noted.

"But, for these types of patients, this sounds perfectly reasonable and rational," Simard added, "based on the basic science work that's been going on for the last 25 years. And [it's] really a major step in the rehabilitation world."

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For more on spinal cord injuries, go to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

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