America Strong: Paralyzed man walks again

A new groundbreaking treatment involving stem cells brings new hope as amateur surfer Chris Barr, who broke his neck in eight places, is able to move his body again.
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strong. A man paralyzed from the neck down, able to walk again thanks to a groundbreaking new treatment. Will reeve is here with the remarkable and very personal story. Reporter: Tonight, amateur surfer Chris Barr celebrating a milestone some might call miraculous. Nearly three years ago, Chris went head first into the ocean floor in northern California. The accident breaking his neck in eight places. The prognosis was -- was bad. And bad, meaning, you know, probably a 95% to 97% chance that I'll have nothing below my neck. Reporter: So, lifetime of no movement. Exactly. Reporter: But with rehab, hope. Things were looking good, until he plateaued six months in and the recovery stopped. But then, Chris was accepted into an innovative trial led by Dr. Mohamad bydon at the mayo clinic in Minnesota. Chris would be patient number one. Patient number one? Yeah. Reporter: There's got to be some anxieties associated with that. None. None. You've got to understand, you've got absolutely nothing to lose. Reporter: Dr. Bydon's team took stem cells from Chris's own stomach fat and injected them into his spinal cord to promote regeneration and recovery. After we treated him, the improvements started to come quickly. It was fast. It was fast. I felt it going in. I felt it in my legs. I hadn't felt anything in my legs for -- you know, for almost a year. All right. You ready? Reporter: Wow. And we were there as Chris showed us first-hand what he once thought impossible. Walking again. On his own. Does it feel good? Does it feel nice to just stand? Yeah, it does. Reporter: Never thought you'd do this again. I'm telling you. Reporter: You're standing and walking. We're living it. Simply incredible. Will reeve joining us now on set. The may owe clinic wanted to point out that Chris was a super Reporter: Chris has been remackable. The may owe clinic told us there are ten patients in this study, not all of them had Chris's response. I'm curious. Your father was Christopher reeve. What was it like to report on this story. Did you feel like you were watching a miracle? Reporter: I felt like I was witnessing the realization of my father's dream of a world of empty wheelchairs. So well put. Will, thank you. And thank you for watching. I'm Tom llamas. I'll see you right back here good night.

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