Groundbreaking nerve surgery has allowed 13 patients paralysed in car crashes and sporting accidents to use their arms again.
Doctors in Australia have successfully reconnected the patients' limbs to their brains by grafting healthy nerves in the place of damaged ones.
Faced with a lifetime of tetraplegia leaving them unable to move their arms or legs, the patients can now feed themselves, write and even use their phones.
Although the procedure has been around for years it has not been perfected and is not routinely used. But the repeated success of the surgery in this study, however, is hailed as an 'exciting' breakthrough in what could revolutionise life after devastating spinal cord injuries.