Paralyzed man can walk again thanks to a mind-controlled implant

A man paralyzed from the waist down was able to voluntarily control and move his legs with the help of an electrical implant in his spine.

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  • Thanks to a groundbreaking surgery, a paralyzed man regained the ability to briefly walk for a short period of time.
  • An electrode implanted into the epidural space of the spinal cord gave the patient limited function of his lower extremities.
  • It's thought that the mechanism behind this could be reopening a line of communication between the nerves to the brain.
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