A Computer That Reverses Paralysis in Humans

  • Leanne Coelho
  • June 11, 2015
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In the recent times, technology seems to be crossing some breathtaking leaps and bounds. Gadgets that we use today are like something out of a science fiction film that perhaps would have wowed the audience in the 80’s. Today, having a multifunctional devise like the smartphone that had the ability to connect you to the world has become trite.

Nevertheless, ever so often a technology emerges that will not only change lives but save them too. Recently, a device of the kind has emerged. Apparently, there is a devise that could possibly reverse the effects of a stroke.

Rick Arnold who has had three strokes and was paralysed on the right side of his body said, “All I wanted to do was to be able to hold her hand. From the very beginning, just hold her hand. I can do that now.” This has been made possible for him with a help of a device called ‘Brain machine interface technology’, developed by Eric Leuthardt who is a neuro-surgeon at Washington University in St. Louis.

Leuthardt said, “In a stroke patient, they basically have an injury on one side of their brain that causes their hand to be paralysed. So we’re taking a signal from the uninjured side of the brain; decoding that intention to move, that even though they can’t move, we know that they want to move.”

 

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