Massachusetts General Hospital Paralysis Reversal Surgery

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A spine is like a power strip and a power cord as a nerve, according to Massachusetts General Hospital neurosurgeon Dr. Justin Brown.

That is how he explains the latest grounding breaking procedure from the hospital.

"Electricity, coming through a different route that can still turn on the same lamp," Dr. Brown said. "You could plug it into the neighboring wire set."

This advancement, paired with physical therapy, gives new life to patients. Dr. Brown said:

The fun part is when these folks come back and suddenly they discover a function they haven't had for quite some time, they get independence once again. It's why we go into academic medicine and work at universities: opening new avenues, new territories of things that you can offer to patients that have never been offered historically, and that's pretty exciting.

WBZ NewsRadio's Chris Fama (@CFamaWBZ) reports

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