A Polish man who has been paralysed for over four years has now been able to walk again after a therapy that involved the transplantation of cells from his nose into his spinal cord.
As a result of this pioneering work, Darek Fidyka – who was paralysed from the chest down as a result of a knife attack in 2010 – can now walk using a support frame.
“I have waited 40 years for something like this” said Prof Wagih El Masri, Consultant and spinal injuries surgeon.
Details of the research are published in the journal Cell Transplantation.
BBC One’s Panorama programme was given unique access to the project and spent a year charting the patient’s rehabilitation.
Prof Geoff Raisman, chair of neural regeneration at University College London’s Institute of Neurology, led the UK research team.
Panorama’s To Walk Again is shown tonight (Tuesday 21 October 2014) at 10:35pm on BBC One.