Paralysed men can stand and walk after electrical stimulation

Paralysed men can stand and walk after electrical stimulation

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By: Ian Sample Science editor | Paralysed men can stand and walk after electrical stimulation | Neuroscience | The Guardian

Two patients can walk short distances on crutches after having pulses beamed into their spines

Two men who were paralysed in separate accidents more than six years ago can stand and walk short distances on crutches after their spinal cords were treated with electrical stimulation.

David Mzee, 28, and Gert-Jan Oskam, 35, had electrical pulses beamed into their spines to stimulate their leg muscles as they practised walking in a supportive harness on a treadmill.

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