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Paralysed man 'regains use of hand'

15 May 2012 Last updated at 15:02 BST

A paralysed man in the US has regained limited use of his hand after pioneering surgery to bypass damage to his spinal cord, the Journal of Neurosurgery reports.

His injury meant his brain could not "talk" to his hand, meaning all control was lost.

Surgeons at the Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, Missouri, re-wired his nerves to build a new route between hand and brain.

He can now feed himself and can just about write.

Video courtesy of Washington University School of Medicine.