Innovative nerve surgery reverses hand and arm paralysis

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Using a new type of nerve transfer surgery, an Australian surgeon has been able to restore the hand and arm movement in 13 adult patients who were paralyzed in sports and traffic accidents.

Now that the patients are able to use their hands and extend their arms from the elbow, they can feed themselves and write, surgeon Natasha van Zyl told The Guardian. "Extending your elbow allows you to push a wheelchair better, helps you to transfer in and out of a car, reach out and do something in space in front of you, shake someone's hand," she said.

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