Pioneering nerve surgery restores hand use in quadriplegic

Experts in nerve surgery at the Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, restored some function in both hands by rerouting undamaged nerves in the man’s upper arms.

The patient had a spinal cord injury at the C7 vertebra, so the surgeons were able to capitalise on the ability of nerves attaching to the spine above the injury to ‘talk’ to the brain, a spokesperson said in a media release.

The surgery was performed in 2010 with details of the operation and the paralysed man’s