“The treatment involves taking fat from the abdomen or thigh and removing the mesenchymal stem cells – a special type of stem cell that can hone in on injuries, and encourage repair and regeneration.

Once the stem cells are isolated from the fat, they are grown in a laboratory over four weeks until they multiply to around 100 million and then are injected into the spine, where they migrate to the damaged area.

In early trials involving 10 patients, seven reported increased sensation in their body and boosted strength in the muscles involved in movement.

Two of three patients who had complete injuries to their thoracic spine – meaning they had no feeling or movement beneath the injury – regained some sensation and some movement control.”

From Telegraph.