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Saturday, 27 May, 2023

Paralyzed man walks naturally with brain, spinal cord implants — USA TODAY

A Dutch man whose spinal cord was injured in a bike accident a dozen years ago can now walk thanks to stimulators implanted on his brain and spinal cord, according to a study published Wednesday.

Previous versions of the spinal cord stimulation that Gert-Jan Oskam received have helped people stand and take steps, but only after first pushing a button to activate the device. The new system enables him to merely think about walking before he can do it.

Stimulation from both points reestablishes communication between the brain and the area of the spinal cord that controls leg movements, enabling more natural walking, said Grégoire Courtine, who helped lead the research.

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https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2023/05/24/paralyzed-man-walks-brain-spine-implants-study/70250113007/
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