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Murderball Rocks The Paralympics!

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Ever heard of Murderball?!

No, it's not some made-up sport from a movie or something.

It's wheelchair rugby and it's one of the most brutal sports out there.

They use their wheelchairs more like

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Paralyzed Woman Controls Robot Arm With Her Mind!

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This is truly amazing.

We are literally in the future.

Cathy Hutchinson, a 58-year-old woman is paralyzed from the neck down from a stroke.

So she has a tiny sensor implanted in her brain that allows her literally control a robotic arm with her MIND!

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Paralyzed Woman Completes Marathon With Bionic Legs

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Claire Lomas is a 32-year-old woman from the UK who was paralyzed from the chest down, back in 2007 after a horse riding accident.

Since then, she has been able to walk again with the help of a Rewalk suit.

It's basically strapping a robotic pair of legs to your real legs. Motion sensors on the robo legs detect shifts in balance and mimic natural leg joint movement.

Well Claire just used the Rewalk suit to allow her to complete the London Marathon — 16 days after it ended.

That's crazzzzy!

She walked about 2 miles a day with her husband behind her the whole way, in case she lost her balance.

She said:

"It's a moment I am going to treasure for the rest of my life."

The moment a paralyzed woman crossed the finish line of a marathon.

We're pretty sure that's a moment people everywhere can treasure.

[Image via Daniel Deme/WENN.]

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Mind Controlled Robots Exist!

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Mind Robots

Swiss scientists have just demonstrated robots… controlled with their minds!

We're not sure, but we really hope they don't work for a company named Skynet!

Ha!

In all actuality, this is a step forward into more of an Avatar future than a Terminator one — it's being designed for those who are paralyzed!

A team at Switzerland's Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne used only a simple head cap to record the brain signals of their subject who was at a hospital SIXTY TWO MILES AWAY!

All he had to do was imagine lifting his paralyzed fingers and boom — the thoughts were instantly translated to a foot tall robot hanging out at the lab.

Apparently it's only hard to control if there's a substantial amount of pain from whatever injuries the subject has!

INcredible! We can't believe it!

Welcome to the future!

[Image via CBS News.]

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Incredible Dance Routine On Crutches!

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Now THIS is how you rise above the hand that you've been dealt!

You have to watch this video, and see Dergin Tokmak give one hell of a dance routine even though he's been left partially paralyzed from the waist down.

He's 37, a former breakdancer and Cirque du Soleil performer — and suffered from polio as a child.

Nothing can slow this man's passion, such an inspirational clip.

Press play and check it out above!

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Video Footage Documents Man Surviving Skydiving Accident

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OMG!

Words can not express how terribly we feel for this skydiver who unknowingly filmed the accident which started his life as a quadriplegic.

During a routine jump amongst experienced friends, the man filming (identified as Tim in the footage) collides with a friend at 2,500 feet in the sky and tangles his parachute.

Unable to properly maneuver the mangled "ball of nylon", Tim plummets to the ground and breaks his pelvis, back and neck as he lands in a cornfield.

He not only details his traumatic experience on his YouTube page, but shares it took him four-and-a-half years to watch the harrowing footage, writing:

"As I lay waiting for help, spinal shock begins to set in paralyzing my diaphragm and breathing on my own becomes impossible. Rescue breathing is performed as I lose consciousness. Paramedics arrive and I'm med-flighted to UW Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin where I awake days later after surgery and begin life as a quadriplegic. It's taken me four and a half years to be able to watch this video."

The actual impact is (thankfully) cut from the video, but what remains is an inspirational display of courage.

His friends come to his aid and Tim (even after suffering life-threatening injuries) calmly instructs them how to properly care for him to ensure his survival until paramedics arrive.

Watch the jaw-dropping video above to see a man bravely face the reality of his awful situation as he fights for his life.

Tim, if you're reading this, you are our hero!

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Quadriplegic Man Controls Robotic Arm With His Mind

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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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