In the inspiring new 60-minute documentary, A Spark of Nerve, Producer Linda Schaller is given rare access to the groundbreaking work of Dr. Susan E. Mackinnon. The first woman to receive the American College of Surgeons Innovation Award, Dr. Mackinnon is restoring movement to limbs that many doctors believe to be permanently paralyzed. Its not science fiction! With a pioneering technique called nerve transfer surgery, patients are rewired with their own redundant nerves, retraining the brain... [see more] to move lifeless muscles. Dr. Allan Belzberg, John Hopkins Peripheral Nerve Center, tells us, Innovation in medicine is like innovation in any discipline. It usually seeks its way along slowly, but then every so often people come along who just kind of rethink it. They think outside the box and make big changes and I think Mackinnon has made some big changes in the way we think. The film follows the charismatic Mackinnon and her patients from the exam room to operating room as their extraordinary stories unfold. Loren was fifteen when she was brutally stabbed, severing the nerves in her neck. Michael suffered a freak chain saw accident while Chelsey survived a horrific car wreck. As a quadriplegic, Tom no longer had use of his hands. Viewers will be entranced with their emotional journeys from trauma and disappointment to hope and finally joy as movement is slowly regained. We also visit the Walter Reed Peripheral Clinic to learn how nerve transfer surgery is being used to help our Wounded Warriors. A Spark of Nerve is a remarkable story of life-changing innovation and personal triumph.