Against All The Odds

CHRISTOPHER REEVE, In A Visit With TIME, Tells How He Is Regaining Control Of His Body, One Finger At A Time

It's not just that Christopher Reeve can move his left index finger--which he can, by the way--it's that he can move it any way he jolly well pleases. "I can do it fast, I can do it slow, I can do it up and down or side to side," Reeve says. "The response is instantaneous and voluntary."

Instantaneous and voluntary was not supposed to be a state of motor control Reeve would ever achieve again--not since he fractured his neck at the second cervical vertebra in a horseback-riding accident in 1995. But Reeve's doctors announced last week that a little of...

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