Sunday 30 April 2017

Paralysis victim takes first steps to new life

John von Radowitz in New York

A hit and run victim who was completely paralysed from the waist down has stood up on his own and taken faltering steps on a treadmill after pioneering treatment.

American Rob Summers (25) is the first patient to respond to the ground-breaking therapy, which involves many hours of training combined with electrical stimulus.

The treatment, which took 30 years to develop, by-passes the brain and "teaches" the spinal cord to control limbs and body functions independently.

As a result, Mr Summers, who is normally confined to a wheelchair, has been able to push himself up and stand for several minutes without assistance.

With help, he has also made repeated stepping motions on a treadmill and voluntarily moved his hips, knees, ankles and toes.

Irish Independent

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