'Stimulator' helps paraplegic stand

Former basketball player, injured in a car accident, says procedure has changed his life.

    A man paralysed from the mid-chest down after an accident has been confined to a wheelchair since 2006. But now the former basketball player can take a few steps and stand for several hours thanks to an electrical nerve stimulator.

    The device was implanted in the lining of his spinal cord two years ago. Normally used to relieve pain, it was adapted to access the circuits of his nervous system.

    US doctors say the advance could be quickly adapted to help up to 15 per cent of all patients suffering from motor loss.

    Al Jazeera’s Tom Ackerman reports.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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