Exciting news from New Scientist:
They can’t quite walk. Yet. But four wheelchair-bound men who until recently were completely paralysed below the waist can now move their legs and toes and even lift up to 100 kilograms with their legs. Their spinal cords have been reawakened by electrical implants that revive the flow of information between limbs and brain. Such feats would previously have been unthinkable in people with spinal cord injuries.
Since New Scientist reported the breakthrough in 2012, the four men have continued to improve their strength, precision and range of movement. “We’ve not seen a plateau in their performance yet,” says Angeli. One of the men, Drew Meas, says he can stand without his stimulator. “I’m going for full walking again, that’s my motto,” he says.
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