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Paralysed man walks again with the use of his own legs

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A 26 year old man who lost the use of his legs due to a spinal cord injury has regained the ability to walk using a system controlled by his brain waves, along with a harness to help support his body weight. Adam Fritz has used a wheelchair for five years after an accident in which the motorcycle he was riding collided with some furniture that had fallen off a lorry in front of him. As a result, he was paralyzed from the waist down.

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Paralysed man walks again with the use of his own legs

  1. 1. A 26 year old man who lost the use of his legs due to a spinal cord injury has regained the ability to walk using a system controlled by his brain waves, along with a harness to help support his body weight. Adam Fritz has used a wheelchair for five years after an accident in which the motorcycle he was riding collided with some furniture that had fallen off a lorry in front of him. As a result, he was paralysed from the waist down. What’s this all about?
  2. 2. How did this happen? In order to walk, Fritz wore a cap with electrodes that was able to detect his brain signals. These electrical signals – the same as those a doctor looks at when running an EEG test – were sent to a computer, which decoded the brain waves. It then used them to send instructions to another device that stimulated the nerves in the man’s legs, causing the muscles to move. Fritz was able to walk 12 feet (3.6 meters). He used a walker and wore a harness to provide some body weight support and to prevent him from falling.
  3. 3. Intense training was required Fritz was able to walk 12 feet (3.6 meters). He used a walker and wore a harness to provide some body weight support and to prevent him from falling. Fritz needed intensive training to generate recognisable walking signals in his brain, and to learn how to use the device to put one foot in front of the other. He also needed extensive physical training to build up the muscle tone in his legs.
  4. 4. Adam Fritz speaks out On his 20th session he was able to use the system to walk on the ground for the first time in years. Over the 19 week course, he learned to better control the device and so the movement of his legs. “It was incredible,” he says. “When you’re first injured, you’re sitting in hospital hoping you’ll walk again but when it actually happened, it was a dream come true.” “I actually did it and it was something I will never forget.”
  5. 5. So what now? Have we caught your interest yet? To read the full article all you have to do is head on over to our website or click the link below! Paralysed man walks again with the use of his own legs

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