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Paralysed dog regains use of his hind legs

A study of pet dogs with severe spinal injuries suffered in accidents offers new hope for paralysed human patients.

Scientists restored movement to the dogs' hind legs by bridging breaks in the spinal cord using cells taken from their noses.

The video shows previously crippled dachshund, Jasper, during the course of the treatment:

Dog paralysis study 'extremely exciting'

Scientists studied 34 dogs that had all suffered spinal cord injuries as a result of accidents and back problems.

The trial demonstrated effective spinal cord repair in "real life" injury cases.

Professor Robin Franklin, one of the study leaders from Cambridge University, said

Our findings are extremely exciting because they show for the first time that transplanting these types of cell into a severely damaged spinal cord can bring about significant improvement.

– Professor Robin Franklin, one of the study leaders from Cambridge University

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Paralysed dogs treatment offers hope to humans

Scientists have restored movement to the hind legs of dogs with severe spinal injuries by injecting them with cells grown from the lining of their nose.

Jasper, a previously crippled dachshund, was described by his owner of "whizzing around the house" after undergoing the treatment.

The trial is the first to demonstrate effective spinal cord repair in "real life" injury cases, offering new hope for paralysed human patients.

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