The REAL Superman Talks to Barbara Walters Friday

USA Today says that Christopher Reeve will talk about being paralyzed since 1995, the progress he’s made, and what people can do to help research.

Paralyzed actor-director Christopher Reeve Friday will speak publicly for the first time without the use of a mechanical ventilator, thanks to a “lung pacemaker” operation performed in February.

Relying on electrode implants to breathe normally and foregoing a ventilator for up to 18 hours a day, he hopes to bring attention to spinal cord research in a taped interview with Barbara Walters on ABC’s 20/20 at 10 p.m. ET.

Since the operation, Reeve has been able to breathe through his mouth and nose — for the first time in eight years — for longer and longer periods of time, relying only on an implant powered by an external battery. A 1995 spinal injury paralyzed Reeve. He has since emerged as a prominent advocate for medical research.

You can read more of the article at the link above and more on the broadcast is up at ABC News.

Source: USA Today