Study participant David Mzee is now able to take a few steps of his own. He was totally paraplegic after a sports accident. Image: EPFL / Jean-Baptiste Mignardot
Making the paralyzed walk again - health short science news

Three paraplegic patients are now able to walk again thanks to intensive training and precise electrical stimulation of their spinal cords via a wireless implant. After a few months, patients could walk without electrical stimulation. This breakthrough stimulation and training neurotechnology is very different from other stimulation techniques to make paralyzed patients walk again, and is based on years of research on animal models. In fact, the scientists that developed this technique mimicked in real time how the brain activates the spinal cord. The technology will be improved over time to improve recovery and to make it available to hospitals and clinics everywhere.

Read the full story: Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
Scientific publication: Nature