Skip to comments.'The Wind on My Legs': Stimulator Helps Paralyzed Men Move Again
Posted on 04/08/2014 11:42:25 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
ur men paralyzed after bad spinal cord injuries can all move their legs again, thanks to an electrical stimulator.
Astonished researchers say theyd hoped for some result, but nothing like what they got. They think the stimulator is retraining the mens nerves to work with the brain again, despite the terrible damage.
This is wonderful news. Spinal cord injury need no longer be a lifelong sentence of paralysis, said Dr. Roderic Pettigrew, director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, one of the National Institutes of Health. It is just downright marvelous.
Rob Summers, now 28, was the first patient implanted and his case made international headlines in 2011 when he was first able to stand using the stimulator. Summers now exercises for three hours a day and says his life has been transformed.
It has changed my life on a day-to-day basis, said Summers, who was paralyzed from the chest down after a hit-and-run driver plowed into him as he stood in his own driveway. Its given me the ability to travel alone and come and go as I please.
Summers says he does an hour of abdominal exercises daily, reversing the gradual wasting of muscles that normally comes with paralysis.
I can now feel soft touch, hard touch. I can feel pinpricks, Summers, who lives in Portland, Ore., told NBC News. I can feel the wind on my legs.
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wonder if it would work with stroke patients?