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Christopher Reeve's son opens up about his late father and his legacy

Cheryl Kahla
Nov 17, 2018
12:00 P.M.
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Matthew Reeve, the late Christopher Reeve's son, discussed the advancements of medicine, and how proud his father would have been. 

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Christopher, perhaps more famously known as Superman, was left paralyzed in 1995 at the age of 42 after a horse-riding exercise. 

Read more on our Twitter account, @amomama_usa. Reeve was paralyzed from the waist down and later created the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. 

The organization funded research as well as help care for people with paraplegia. The website also contains information for people living with paralysis. 

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A bright, bold headline on the website reminds visitors that "your support will transform lives one day." That was recently the case with Jared Chinnock. 

The 29-year-old American recently took his first steps in five years since he became paralyzed from the waist down due to a snowmobile accident. 

Thanks to the advancement of medicine and technology, and a pioneering treatment is known as epidural stimulation, Jared could walk again. 

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During the procedure, electrodes are surgically attached to the lower part of the spinal cord to re-establish a connection between the nerve cells and the brain. 

Unfortunately, Christopher Reeve passed away back in 2004 and didn't live to his dream come true. Matthew told reporters: 

"When he [Christopher Reeve] was injured, he was told: 'This is your wheelchair. Get used to it. You will not recover any mobility.' Nobody who is injured today should be told that because it's not true."

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The medical sector didn't even consider the possibility of a cure for paralysis back in the eighties and nineties, but Christopher Reeve had a dream and never gave up. 

He worked hard to raise money for research and it due to his efforts that medical science has advanced far enough so that Jared could take his first steps earlier this week. 

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Matthew added: "It would have surprised him that technology is playing such a pivotal role in spinal cord injury research – back then it was presumed that any solution would be biochemical. My father talked a lot about stem cells."

He was really a superman, in the truest sense of the world. Speaking of Superman, many fans of the films don't know that his flying enables new technologies. 

While filming the Superman movies, the crew strugged to create the illusion that the actor was flying. This led to the invention of the Zoptic system. 

This allowed the director to zoom in on Christopher while he was "flying" while the rest of the background faded and gave the illusion of movement. 

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