Brian Wang at Next Big Future posted links to articles about overcoming spinal chord injuries using applied electrical impulses. It appears that silent nerve contacts that were undamaged in the original injury are being turned on and/or new ones are being created. What is truly fascinating about this is that success has not been restricted to patients with recent spinal chord injuries. Some of the patients have been paralyzed for a few years.
When I was a kid, I had this idea of creating tiny wires to reconnect severed nerves for paraplegics. Since then, although I have had no association with the medical field, I have always kept my eye on therapies to overcome spinal chord injuries. Let us hope that more therapies are on the way to help those in need.