Some promising home-video footage of Christopher Reeve’s progress since his 1995 fall from a horse that rendered the “Superman” star a quadriplegic is set to air on the Sept. 18 ABC special “Christopher Reeve: Courageous Steps.”
A Reeve family spokesman, Wesley Combs, tells the New York Post that the special “covers what the status of his recovery is and what things he’s doing in his physical rehabilitation.”
That recovery, say reports, is said to be nothing short of miraculous. Reeve can now move his toes and the fingers of his left hand and can feel pin pricks over most of his body.
“To be able to feel just the lightest touch is really a gift,” the star tells PEOPLE in an interview in the new issue.
Asked if his patient might ever walk again, Reeve’s doctor, John McDonald, medical director of the Spinal Cord Injury Program at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, responded: “The fact that he’s having some recovery could make that a possibility.”
Reeve can also raise his right hand to a 90-degree angle, breathe off the respirator for 90-minute spells and distinguish between hot and cold.
“The fact is that even if your body doesn’t work the way it used to,” says Reeve, “the heart and mind and the spirit are not diminished. It’s a simple as that.”