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Old 03-14-2009, 02:13 PM
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He has been confined to a wheelchair for 20 years. Now a paraplegic man is walking again, and his doctors call it a miracle. CBS13 went to Manteca to find out how a spider bite helped get him back on his feet.

"I closed my eyes and then I was spinning like a flying saucer," explains David Blancarte.

A motorcycle accident almost killed David 21 years ago. At the time he might have wished he was dead.

"I asked my doctor, 'Sir what happened? I can't feel my legs'," said David.

Ever since, David's been relying on his wheelchair to get around. Then the spider bite. A Brown Recluse sent him to the hospital, then to rehab for eight months.

"I'm here for a spider bite. I didn't know I would end up walking," says David.

A nurse noticed David's leg spasm and ran a test on him.

"When they zapped my legs, I felt the current, I was like 'whoa' and I yelled," he says.

He felt the current and the rush of a renewed sense of hope.

"She says,'your nerves are alive. They're just asleep'," explained David.

Five days later David was walking.

"I was walking on the bar back and forth," he said.

Now David is out of the hospital and on his feet and walking.

David basks in his glory and gives a ray of hope to other hoping to walk again. The 48-year-old former boxer and dancer is taking it in stride, knowing his best days are still ahead.
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That's pretty wild.
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The Special Olympics just order 3,000 Brown Recluse spiders...
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Very interesting...and this story proves that we still don't know what we don't know but we are making progress..
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Neato Keen.
I hope some lab does research on this phenomenon!
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I'm glad for the guy, but, I wonder if it wasn't a misdiagnosis 20 years ago rather than a recent spider bite?
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I'm glad for the guy, but, I wonder if it wasn't a misdiagnosis 20 years ago rather than a recent spider bite?
That was my first thought. Tell someone that they have no hope of ever walking again and they can believe it to the point of never even trying to walk again - even if they're wrong. My guess is that this guy probably had the ability to walk all along, but it was only until this incident exposed the fact that he still had the ability that he was made aware of it.
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