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Paraplegic man walks after Brown Recluse Spider bite

post #1 of 12
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This is crazy, and at first thought I was reading The Onion or something!

http://cbs13.com/local/Paraplegic.Ma....2.958151.html

After twenty years of paralysis, he's walking again. What a miracle for him and his family!
post #2 of 12
That's amazing!!! I bet this will make scientists take another look into spider venom research. With any luck, we may have cures for some deadly diseases in the near future.
post #3 of 12
I somehow doubt a spider bite that causes tissue to die suddenly made him able to walk again. More than likely time alone gave the nerves time to heal (it can take years), as they do for some. Maybe he and his family had accepted the diagnosis that he wouldn't walk again and gave up checking after so many years. Then he ends up in the hospital, someone checks, and discovers the nerves are better than thought.
This isn't some miracle, some can regain partial or full use - look at how people can recover from strokes.

If anyone ever has time/interest, look up what sort of trauma the human body can heal or reroute around. It's truly amazing.
post #4 of 12
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Originally Posted by strange_wings View Post
I somehow doubt a spider bite that causes tissue to die suddenly made him able to walk again. More than likely time alone gave the nerves time to heal (it can take years), as they do for some. Maybe he and his family had accepted the diagnosis that he wouldn't walk again and gave up checking after so many years. Then he ends up in the hospital, someone checks, and discovers the nerves are better than thought.
This isn't some miracle, some can regain partial or full use - look at how people can recover from strokes.

If anyone ever has time/interest, look up what sort of trauma the human body can heal or reroute around. It's truly amazing.
Honestly, I hope the public doesn't believe some of this hooey and get bitten on purpose in order to "heal" themselves. It's about as believable as the evangelists that say they can heal.
post #5 of 12
It will probably be a very short list if there are people who are willing to try it. For those living in areas with brown recluses, it's drilled into your head pretty early as to just how bad they are.

But yes, that article was rather misleading. You would think, or hope, someone editing would have pointed it out.
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Honestly, I hope the public doesn't believe some of this hooey and get bitten on purpose in order to "heal" themselves. It's about as believable as the evangelists that say they can heal.
personally, i think it's LESS believable!
post #7 of 12
They never did say where the spider bite was on his body.

But it just goes to show you, that nerves can come back to life.
post #8 of 12
I could see tissue death healing paralysis... IF the paralysis was caused by tissue pressure on a few key points.
post #9 of 12
This isn't really related but when I saw "brown relcuse" it reminded me about a documentary I watched where a camera crew was allowed to follow a class going through Army Ranger training. One of the soldiers was bitten on the face by a brown recluse. After a training exercise the medics performed open air surgery on his face and inserted some guaze to soak up the venom- without anesthetic! The guy never quit the training and graduated with his class.

Sorry about the straying, I just wanted to share that story. That is great news about him walking again, though.
post #10 of 12
What they do not say here is he is in jail now.
He lives in my area. Blancarte's dreams may have to wait. He was arrested Friday (3/13) on an outstanding warrant stemming from a domestic abuse case.

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What they do not say here is he is in jail now.
He lives in my area. Blancarte's dreams may have to wait. He was arrested Friday (3/13) on an outstanding warrant stemming from a domestic abuse case.

That may be a story worthy of note. It does not have thing one to do with the story in the OP. Feel free to make a new thread about it, if it's something you want to discuss, but this thread is not the place for it.
post #12 of 12
I will make another thread.
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