Paralyzed dog can walk again thanks to new treatment

Molly Waldron

Paralyzed dog can walk again thanks to new treatment

CREATED Nov. 26, 2012

 Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A paralyzed dog is able to walk again after a revolutionary procedure gave him a new lease on life.

Jasper couldn't move his hind legs after an injury in 2008. But thanks to a pioneering treatment, he went from being paralyzed to walking with the aid of a harness, then finally running by himself.

Scientists took cells from Jasper's nose that helped nerve fibers grow in the brain and injected them into his damaged spinal cord.

"The idea is when you transfer them into the spinal cord, or anywhere else in the nervous system, that they might also help new nerve fibers grow from one place to another," said Nicolas Jeffrey at Iowa State University.

Researchers say this procedure alone probably would not help human spinal cord injury patients, but it's a step in the right direction.

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