Three people who were completely paralysed from the waist down due to spinal cord injuries can now walk while using wheeled walking frames or crutches for support, thanks to implants that electrically stimulate nerves in their back and legs.
“All three patients immediately after the surgery were able to stand up and to step [with support],” says Jocelyne Bloch at Lausanne University Hospital in Switzerland, who carried out the surgery.
“On the first day, I was able to see my legs moving and it was very, very emotional,” says one of the recipients, an Italian man called Michel Roccati. After three to four months of training, he could walk outside using a walker.
Read more at: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2307365-spinal-implants-let-three-people-who-were-paralysed-walk-with-support/