Professionals in the field know that people with these injuries can regain mobility months and years after the accident.
I know of a few extreme cases where individuals were told they would never walk but within a few months were able to walk out of the hospital.There are other more common cases where movement to limbs increased in time.
I point this out not to throw water at the cure but it's a bit premature to celebrate and get people's hopes up without knowing the reality of the treatment.
I love the idea but one person does not prove a cure. I sincerely hope that Kris' improvement continues and that the therapy is as good as it's hoped.
The Christphere Reeves foundation has a great area on the subject.
The current study is open-label (i.e. not blinded) single-arm (no controls). Once they establish the right dose, they will need to do a double-blind randomized controlled study to find out if it works.
This procedure clearly needs to be tested against "doing nothing" (but it's impossible to blind against that, obviously). You only need to blind a study when you are testing against a placebo.
You would be amazed. The placebo effect is surprisingly powerful.
Here's the direct Link minus the weird reblog of press release
That is an interesting requirement. I don't think it's necessary. morse code via blinking isn't sufficient?
I hope they continue with the initiative and other institutions follow their lead soon if it proves successful.
Unfortunately the information content of these events is at best modest. After spinal cord injury you can get "spinal shock" which can last for a month or two. When it wears off you can recover a lot of previously lost function. As other comments point out bigger trials will be required to prove any efficacy.
Also there are many things in development to help acute spinal cord injury (some of which are FDA devices) but chronic SCI is a much thornier and challenging problem.