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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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So Inspiring!! Paralyzed Man To Climb Pikes Peak In Wheelchair!

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Pikes Peak Wheel Chair Glen House

We are so inspired by this that we don't even know where to begin!!

How about the bottom: The bottom of the trail at Pikes Peak is 13 miles from the 14,110-foot summit.

That route is about to get dominated by a wheelchair, as that mountain has NOTHING on Glen House!!

House, 42, was paralyzed from the waist down in a skiing accident while in college. He has enough use of his arms and hands to push the wheels of his chair, even up a steep incline like the Pikes Peak Highway. In addition to the physical demands of ascending about 7,000 feet into thin air, House will have to contend with traffic on the twisting roadway, which lacks guardrails.

Wow!

Here's what Glen has to say about it:

"I can't tie my shoes or button my shirt. It's a lot of work, but it's unbelievably exciting. It gets real steep. If somebody hadn't been there, I would have gone right off the edge."

How absolutely incredible!

Good luck, Glen! We're rooting for you!

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Bionic Legs Becoming Reality!

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OMG! This is so freakin' cool!

Thanks to amazing technology, paralyzed people may soon be able to walk with the help of an electronic exoskeleton.

Check out the video above to not only see a paralyzed woman walk for the first time in 18 years, but how close we are to an actual bionic man or woman!

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Clarence Clemons Is Showing Signs Of Improvement!

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Thank goodness!

Although Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons was reported to be in serious condition after suffering a stroke over the weekend in Florida, a source close to the Big Man has revealed that he is showing signs of improvement!

Apparently, he was initially paralyzed on his left side, but has already begun squeezing with his left hand!

AMAZING!

The insider reveals:

"His vital signs are improving. He's responsive. This is the best news we've heard since [the stroke] happened — it's nothing short of miraculous. The next five days will still be critical. But he's a fighter."

Indeed, he must be! This is wonderful news!

Phew!

Keep on fighting, Clarence!

We're all rooting for your recovery!

Stay strong!

[Image via WENN.]

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Paralyzed Man Regains Movement After Implant

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Paralyzed Man Regains Movement After Implant

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.

Said Summers:

"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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Woman Becomes Temporarily Paralyzed After Getting Hickey

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Whoa! This is crazy!

A New Zealand woman was temporarily partially paralyzed by a hickey on her neck given to her by her partner.

The woman went to the ER after experiencing loss of movement in her left arm while watching television.

Doctors concluded that she suffered from a mild stroke, but were confused as to how it happened. Once they found a small vertical bruise on her neck near a major artery, they concluded that the hickey had created a clot in the artery.

The doctors added:

"Because it was a love bite there would be a lot of suction. Because of the physical trauma it had made a bit of bruising inside the vessel. There was a clot in the artery underneath where the hickey was. We looked around the medical literature and that example of having a love bite causing something like that hasn't been described before."

Wow! Glad she's okay! Who knew a hickey could do such damage?

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Paralyzing Prank

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Ugh! So sad!

A Virginia bride-to-be was paralyzed after being playfully pushed into the pool by one of her bridesmaids.

Most would assume she'd be angry and bitter, but the bride, Rachelle Friedman, seems to be dealing with her new life accordingly and is such an inspiration for anyone who has ever had anything terrible happen to them.

Check out her story above.

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