• Question: If a nerve cell dies in your arm how does the brain send messages to your hand?

    Asked by lilsimmo to Damien, Rachael, Suzi, Tim on 22 Jun 2011.
    • Photo: Suzi Gage

      Suzi Gage answered on 22 Jun 2011:

      Hi @lilsimmo
      Luckily we have more than one nerve cell connecting each area of the body to the brain. However if all the nerve cells are damaged then the brain can no longer send messages to the hand. This is paralysis!

      Hope this answers your question 🙂

    • Photo: Damien Hall

      Damien Hall answered on 22 Jun 2011:

      A friend of mine also cut her arm really deeply, and cut the nerve in her forearm. Her hand actually was paralysed! It took nearly a year for her to get full feeling and control of all her fingers back, I think. So try to avoid broken glasses, is the moral of the story!