Some of the Greatest Medical Breakthroughs of 2019

Medical science made some great breakthroughs in 2019 and the shares just a few of the most impressive captured moments for science and real life patients.

Here are three of the breakthroughs. Read the original article HERE to see breakthroughs not discussed in this article.

Walking Again after Paralysis

Scientists have found a way to rewire nerves in the arms and legs of people who have been paralyzed.

What’s more, they have created an exoskeleton suit that has allowed people to move.

One man named Thibault exclaims that he felt as if he was the, “first man on the moon,” after he was able to use the exoskeleton suit after being paralyzed during a fall two years ago.

Currently his suit is only used in the lab, but one day, with additional improvements, the suit could improve others’ lives who have been paralyzed.

Phage Treatment that Saves a Girl’s Life

Another patient survived after doctors told her she had a 1% chance of survival due to an alternative and not widely used treatment.

Isabelle Holdaway was sent to the hospital after a deadly bacteria started attacking her body. The bacteria seemed completely untreatable and was making a large black festering lesion on her skin.

As her liver started failing, large colonies of bacteria started taking over her boy. However, Isabelle’s mother did some research and encouraged doctors’ to use a never before tested “phage therapy” on her to infect and kill the bacteria.

Phage therapy was replaced by antibiotics, so it never became mainstream. But because of its success with Isabelle, phage therapy is now having a resurgence because of superbugs that are resisting antibiotics. Isabelle’s case was groundbreaking because it showed the potential for other infections to be treated with phage therapy.

Conjoined Twins at the Head Successfully Separated

One of the rarest of rare conditions is conjoined twins who are fused at the head.

The name of this condition is called craniopagus twins, which is said to only occur once in every 2.5 million births. Almost all of the children die within their first day of life.

The surgery was a breakthrough because it took months of work and research, hundreds of hospital workers, trained surgeons, and healthcare providers who had to work together to separate the complex shared network of veins and arteries the girls share. Each twin is a supplier of the others blood and separating them could risk one of the girls’ brains being starved of nourishment and ending in a stroke.

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