Paralyzed Man Walks — Without Embryonic Stem Cells!

Bioethics   |   Wesley J. Smith   |   Oct 21, 2014   |   10:05AM   |   Washington, DC

“Embryonic stem cells are the only hope!”

Remember? Please do, because it was always a lie and the embryonic hypers knew it. And they castigated those who painted a broader, more accurate portrait of regenerative medicine possibilities. 

darekfidykaNow, a paralyzed man is walking after transplant of his own olfactory cells.

From the Guardian story:

A man who was completely paralysed from the waist down can walk again after a British-funded surgical breakthrough which offers hope to millions of people who are disabled by spinal cord injuries. Polish surgeons used nerve-supporting cells from the nose of Darek Fidyka, a Bulgarian man who was injured four years ago, to provide pathways along which the broken tissue was able to grow.

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The 38-year-old, who is believed to be the first person in the world to recover from complete severing of the spinal nerves, can now walk with a frame and has been able to resume an independent life, even to the extent of driving a car, while sensation has returned to his lower limbs.

More research to be done, but it turns out that embryonic stem cell “deniers” were right all along. Color me not surprised. Note: Wesley J. Smith, J.D., is a special consultant to the Center for Bioethics and Culture and a bioethics attorney who blogs at Human Exeptionalism.