In an interview to be broadcast Thursday night on CBS' 48 Hours, Reeve says he has sensation "all the way down to the base of my spine, which is really a big breakthrough....About six months ago, I couldn't feel down there."
"Phenomenal" is what Reeve's doctors are calling his progress, yet they say it's too early to tell whether he'll ever walk again. Dr. Harlan Weinberg credits Reeve's "incredible inner strength" for his progress thus far.
The former Superman movie star has traveled a long road since his accident, suffering from pneumonia and other potentially fatal respiratory problems. He still uses a respirator. But Weinberg says he stands a good chance of coming off the machine.
Reeve hasn't let his condition keep him down, however. He recently directed his first film, HBO's In the Gloaming, starring Glenn Close, Whoopi Goldberg and Bridget Fonda--and attended the premiere, even though he'd just broken an arm. He travels the country, raising money and speaking out on behalf of the disabled. And he recently received a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame in recognition of his career achievements.
"The thing I want more, though, is to be able to put my arms around [Will]," he told 48 Hours. "That's what he's entitled to. That's what Diana is entitled to. And I believe that day is coming."