Christopher Reeve’s son launches spinal cord rehabilitation centre

Matthew Reeve, son of ‘70s and ‘80s Superman actor Christopher Reeve, has opened the UK’s first spinal cord rehabilitation clinic for paralysed children.

The £300,000 clinic is part of Crawley-based Neurokinex - the only affiliation to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation's NeuroRecovery Network (NRN) outside of the US – and will offer unique treatments unavailable in the rest of Europe.​

In 1995, Christopher Reeve became a quadriplegic after a horse-related incident and spent the rest of his life campaigning for people with similar injuries until his death in 2004.

Matthew Reeve, the foundation’s vice chairman of international development, said: "Since its inception, the goal of the NRN has always been to develop cutting-edge treatments so individuals living with paralysis could recover functions once thought to be lost.”

According to the clinic, it can treat 20 children daily with unique treatments that are not available anywhere else in Europe, including locomotor training and neuromuscular electrical simulation (NMES). These therapies strive to stimulate nerve and muscle movement to help users improve and recover their walking ability.

There are bursaries available for children and families.

Matthew added: "Every NRN participant has experienced significant improvements ranging from enhanced physical health and quality of life to standing and even stepping.”

Neurokinex is a non-for-profit organisation with multiple sites across the UK which offers diverse and inclusive spinal cord injury programmes.