Unprecedented implants allow paralyzed man to walk again in historic first

A paralyzed man has become the first person in history to regain his natural mobility through the use of implants, according to a new study.

Gert-Jan Oscum was paralyzed in 2011 after a motorcycle accident in China. He lost control of his limbs from his hips down, but — thanks to a newly developed device that connects his thoughts to his spinal cord — he can walk once again.

A study outlining the new technique was published in the journal Nature, The Swiss researchers who developed the technique describe it as a “digital bridge” between a patient’s brain and spinal cord, bypassing injured areas of his or her body.

Mr. Oscum has been walking with the implant for more than a year, with no signs of the connection breaking, according to new York Times.


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