View Full Version : Man walks again after 4 years of paralysis

05-20-2011, 11:31 AM
Paralyzed Man Freely Moves After Getting Implant
Posted: May 20, 2011 10:12 AM

LONDON (AP) - After Rob Summers was paralyzed below the chest in a car accident in 2006, his doctors told him he would never stand again. They were wrong.

Despite intensive physical therapy for three years, Summers' condition hadn't improved. So in 2009, doctors implanted an electrical stimulator onto the lining of his spinal cord to try waking up his damaged nervous system. Within days, Summers, 25, stood without help. Months later, he wiggled his toes, moved his knees, ankles and hips, and was able to take a few steps on a treadmill.


this is quite amazing, just think of the millions of people that could benefit from this treatment

05-20-2011, 04:14 PM
Amazing and think of the implication for the many servicemen and women injured in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Here's hoping that they keep getting funds to push this further.