Paraplegics Walk Again
Partial recovery for paraplegics in the Walk Again Project surprises even the lead researcher
One of the pioneer members of the Walk Again Project took the first ceremonial kick at the last World Cup. A kick might not seem like much, but it wasn’t long ago that this teenager couldn’t walk—now he can, thanks to a robotic exoskeleton.
The group that helped that teenager to his robot-assisted feet, led by researchers from Duke University Center for Neuroengineering, recently published the findings from the first 12 months of their study. The results are astonishing.
Eight paraplegic patients began training in the Walk Again Project in 2013, and after just 12 months of rehabilitation via a non-invasive brain-machine interface, all eight showed improvement. Half improved enough to have their clinical diagnoses changed from complete to partial paralysis.
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