Nerves inside paralysed people’s bodies have been “rewired” to give movement to their arms and hands, say Australian surgeons.
Patients can now feed themselves, put on make-up, turn a key, handle money and type at a computer.
Paul Robinson, 36 from Brisbane, said the innovative surgery had given him independence he had never imagined.
Completely normal function has not been restored, but doctors say the improvement is life-changing.
How does the procedure work?
Injuries to the spinal cord stop messages getting from the brain to control the rest of the body. The impact is paralysis.
Patients in the trial had quadriplegia affecting movement in all their limbs.
But crucially they were still able to move some muscles in their upper arms.
The functioning nerves leading from the spinal cord