A man who was paralyzed from the chest down in 2006 has been able to stand and even take a few steps, thanks to an electrical stimulator surgically implanted in his spine, according to The Reporter News. Several hospitals and spinal cord injury specialists are working together on the man’s condition, including doctors at the Kentucky Spine Center, and recently published a paper describing the results in the medical journal Lancet.
The man was left paralyzed after suffering a spinal cord injury a car accident several years ago, and there has been no improvement in his condition despite three years of physical therapy. In 2009, his physicians tried implanting a stimulator at the base of his spine. When turned on, the device sends an electrical charge along the spinal cord.