A quadriplegic man has regained some hand function, thanks to a cutting edge procedure. Instead of operating on the patient's injured spine, surgeons at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis were able to re-route nerves in his upper arms that were still working. That procedure allows them to 'talk' to the brain.
After the surgery and a year of physical therapy, he can now bend his thumb and index finger, which enables him to feed himself and to write with help. Doctors were able to perform this procedure because his injury was on the vertebrae bone on the neck. The technique would not benefit those with a spinal cord injury higher up than that.
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