This story gives an entirely new meaning to the phrase, "mind over matter", as well as new hope to the disabled population all over the world!
Tim Hemmes became the first man EVER to control a robotic arm with his mind this month, years after a nearly fatal motorcycle accident left him paralyzed from the neck down.
In a 30-day clinical trial of a program called "Revolutionizing Prosthetics", Tim had electrodes inserted into his brain that allowed him to control a robotic arm.
It wasn't an easy process, but by the end of it, he was able to give the scientists responsible for this breakthrough a high-five and even hold his girlfriends hand for the first time since since his accident.
"It wasn't my arm. It was something hydraulic and plastic and metal, but I put it there," he says of the triumph. "It was something very personal and something that I'll take with me for the rest of my life, ’cause I just reached out and grabbed somebody after seven years."
So touching! Check out the video above to hear the rest of Tim's inspiring story and to catch a glimpse of what the future may hold for all spinal chord patients!
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