Two patients who were told that they would never walk again are beating the odds with the help of a spinal cord implant and intensive therapy، as Technical Times said.
The treatment، carried out by researchers at the University of Louisville، is still improving، which is good news for other patients who have suffered spinal cord injuries.
Paralyzed Walk Again With Help Of Spinal Cord Implant Kelly Thomas was inside a truck when it flipped in 2014. Jeff Marquis، meanwhile، was involved in a mountain biking accident. Both of them were told that they will never be able to walk on their own again.
However، new treatment from the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center at the University of Louisville has helped Thomas and Marquis take steps once more. The method، outlined in the New England Journal of Medicine، combines customized epidural spinal cord stimulation and intense training for standing and stepping.
Thomas' balance is still not perfect، and she requires a walker to guide her. However، she is now able to walk 100 yards on her own across grass، has gained muscle، and lost the nerve pain that has been bothering her foot since the accident.
Thomas is aided by a 16-electrode array that was implanted in her spinal cord to give it electrical stimulation. Combined with the training، the device has helped her walk again، which is something that she never thought would happen.