Season 11, Episode 7 The Bionic Body

First Aired: March 27, 2001

A look at bionics surveys ways researchers are “reengineering the human body” to treat people with spinal-cord injuries. Included: an interview with Christopher Reeve, who remains upbeat six years after the riding accident that left him a quadriplegic. “Pigs aren't going to fly,” he tells host Alan Alda, “but I might walk.” Reeve's cautious optimism is buttressed by developments Alda explores in St. Louis, Miami and Cleveland in such areas as stem-cell research, functional electric stimulation and intensive exercise therapy.

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