An American soldier, who damaged his leg muscle in an explosion in Afghanistan, is seeing his leg re-grow after he was injected with a growth promoting substance extracted from pigs' bladder.
Marine Isaias Hernandez lost 70 percent of his right thigh muscles when an enemy mortar exploded when he was carrying out repairs to a truck.
AdvertisementJust 19-years-old when he was wounded, the soldier would have had to get his leg amputated, had he not chanced upon this miraculous treatment.
"It was a remarkable recovery," the Daily Mail quoted Stephen Badylak, the tissue engineering director at the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh as saying.
Since the experimental growth hormone was used, Hernandez has regained most of the strength in his right thigh.
The pioneering new treatment allows for a revolution in how potential amputee victims are treated. It also offers hope to the hundreds of maimed veterans returning from conflicts with severe limb trauma.