This health video will look into ways to beat pediatric paralysis.
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Jennifer: At first glance Jessica Hill looks like any other 5 year old. But Jessica is any thing but average she was born in paralyzed from the chest down today she can walk on her own. Leann Hill: I truly believe that if we could get some advanced physical therapy that she could do a lot of things. Jennifer: Call it mothers into vision but again it were right, searching for more than standard treatment she sort out the help of Dr. John McDonald. John McDonald: Small children have a much better potential for regeneration, all though there is no prove in effective therapy in children that’s the problem. Jennifer: He uses activity based therapy with all his patients the key is to optimize activity. John McDonald: Although we have tools in machines to do this for adults, we don’t have it for children. Jennifer: Parents likely add have an adopted the adult size machines fro their kids weight supported treadmill and electrical stimulation get the legs moving. Doctors hope that constant movement will help regenerates spinal cord function its working for Jessica. Leann Hill: Now she feels all the way the down I can -- we can put her on the edge of the table she can kick her feet she can, she rides her bike it’s just been absolutely incredible. That I am, she is made the progress that she is made, she is determinant and that’s all that she really needs. Jennifer: This is Jennifer Mathews reporting.