Breakthrough Surgery To Rob Summers' Spinal Cord So He Can Walk Again
Publication/Creation DateMay 20 2011
DescriptionA man who was completely paralysed below the chest has been fitted with an implant that allows him to stand, and even walk on a treadmill. Electrodes placed next to Rob Summers' spinal chord also gave him voluntary control of his hips, knees, ankles and toes. American Mr. Summers, 25, broke his back in a hit-and-run accident in 2006 and was unable to move muscles below the injury, though he retained some feeling. Scientists at the Kentucky Spinal Cord Research Centre surgically implanted 16 electrodes next to his spinal cord.
Date archivedJuly 8 2014
Last editedMarch 22 2017