Rob Summers lost the use of everything below his chest after he got into a car accident in 2006.
In 2009, doctors implanted an electrical stimulator onto the lining of his spinal cord in an attempt to “wake up” his damaged nervous system. It worked, and within days he was able to stand up without help. After several months passed, he was able to wiggle his toes and then eventually take a few steps on a treadmill.
"It was the most incredible feeling. After not being able to move for four years, I thought things could finally change."
Unfortunately, Rob can only walk when he’s hooked up to the simulator device, and most the the time he still gets around using a wheelchair.
Doctors emphasize that this is not a cure, although it could help some patients regain some functionality in their limbs.
Science wins again!
[Image via AP Images.]
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