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First Spinal-Cord Surgery With Stem Cells

Dr. Donald Leslie, medical director at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, has high hopes.

“We want to cure paralysis,” he said. “We want to stop spinal cord injury. How incredible would that be?”

Leslie’s mission has begun with T.J. Atchinson, the first step in research that he believes could lead to many steps for those who were told they would never walk again. Atchinson, 21, was the first human with a spinal cord injury to undergo embryonic stem cell therapy.

The athletic college student’s life took a hard turn in September when he was home from the University of Alabama visiting his
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