October 24, 2017

Paralysed man moves legs again with new treatmant

Rob Summers is a great example of courage and he has a cool set of doctors.

Rob Summers from Oregon, USA, who was paralysed from the chest down after being hit by a car is now able to stand with electrical stimulation of his spinal cord.

In what he describes as “the most amazing feeling,” he can voluntarily move his toes, hips, knees and ankles and also walk on a treadmill while being supported, according to research published in the Lancet.

Rob was a keen baseball player and in 2006 was part of the team which won the College World Series. Soon after that he was badly injured by a hit and run driver.

Doctors surgically implanted 16 electrodes into his spine, and Rob trained daily in trying to stand, walk and move his legs, while electrical pulses were sent to the spinal cord.

Within days he was able to stand independently and eventually he could control his legs and step, with assistance, for short periods of time.

“None of us believed it,” said Professor Reggie Edgerton, from the University of California. “I was afraid to believe it.”

Rob has also regained other functions such as bladder, bowel and blood pressure control.

He said it had been a “long journey of countless hours of training” which had “completely changed my life”.

This study has proved that electrical stimulation works in one person. Four more patients are being lined up to further test the treatment.

Dr Melissa Andrews, from the Cambridge Centre for Brain Repair, said that while the study was a “little bit mind blowing” people should not say this is a cure.

She added, “I think people need to read this and say the possibility is out there, but it may not come tomorrow. It’s the closest we’ve ever seen and it’s the best hope right now.”

Professor Susan Harkema, who was part of the study at the University of Louisville, said: “It is really critical to be clear that it’s still in a research realm, but stay tuned we’re going to learn a lot more every day.”

For Rob he sees his story as a message of hope to people who are paralysed and as for walking again: “I see it as a major possibility.”

Newswarped likes stories like this very much. A whole lot more worthwhile that a fornicating ex-governor.