Spinal Cord Advance Video

After an advance in spinal cord treatment, researchers call it a mix between science and Alice in Wonderland. Find out what it is and how it may one day help spinal core injury patients walk again.
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Jennifer Mathews: Some might call Kevin Hoagland determined. Kevin Hoagland: It's going to more than this to stop me. Jennifer Mathews: He is a husband, a father, an elected politician, Founder of a non-profit group and a quadriplegic. It happened during a playful wrestling match. Kevin Hoagland: I fell the wrong way and in an instant I knew something was wrong. Jennifer Mathews: Kevin knows he will probably never walk, still he dreams of a change. Kevin Hoagland: There is a saying in the spinal cord community that quadriplegics want to be paraplegics and paraplegics want to walk. Well, you know what, I'll take the paraplegic route first. Jennifer Mathews: With research like Ira Black that dream could be closer to reality. Dr. Ira Black: This really could lead to a revolutionary approach in medicine. Jennifer Mathews: Dr. Black wondered if bone marrow cells could be used to grow new nerve cells. So he put the pancake-shaped cells in a nutrient solution. Dr. Ira Black: And these certainly do not in any way resemble nerve cells. Within minutes the cells started to change before our very eyes. Jennifer Mathews: The result is cell bodies characteristic of neurons. Dr. Ira Black: If it's not a miracle, it something just decided. Jennifer Mathews: The ultimate goal is to one day transplant the newly grown cells into spinal cord patients. With much work still to do before the therapy is available, Kevin knows where his top priority is. Kevin Hoagland: I try to be the same father I would be if I wasn't in the chair. Jennifer Mathews: And did you ask Morgan, he is the best one. This is Jennifer Mathews reporting.

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