Microchip implant helps paraplegic walk
A microchip implant that restores nerve functions has allowed a paralyzed man took to take his first steps in ten years, according to a French newspaper.
Paralyzed in a car accident, the patient now walks by pressing buttons on a walking frame that acts like a remote control for the chip, sending impulses through fine wires to stimulate his leg muscles.
Researchers say the ground-breaking operation, carried out by a team of British, Danish and Italian doctors, would only work for paraplegics whose muscles had remained alive despite damage to their nerves.
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