Three people unable to move their lower bodies after accidents have been given the ability to walk again – after receiving a spinal cord implant during a study at Lausanne University Hospital.
The device imitates brain activity by sending electrical pulses to muscles, which are triggered by a computer carried by each patient. The three test subjects were able to regain some lower body strength within four months; two are now able to partially move their muscles independently.
According to the researchers in Switzerland, the trial’s success opens new doors for disability treatments. Their focus will no turn to making the devices more convenient and even accessible by phones.