Medical reports have presented the case of the first paralyzed man to be cured with neural implants. The groundbreaking moment will most certainly serve as a basis for the future scientific researches that will be performed in the medical field.
Very few paralyzed men manage to recover after a traumatism, in spite of the numerous efforts that are being carried through by doctors and scientists. Yet, the recent discoveries show that these patients have the same recovering chances due to the technological progress that has been made, so far.
The news of the first man to be cured with neural implants has circled the Internet on Thursday evening as the moment accounts as one of the most important events in the history of neurology. The paralyzed patient was able to move his robotic arm with the help of the chips that have been implanted in his brain.
Erik Sorto used the power of his thoughts to control his robotic arm. The neural chips implanted on his brain decoded the thoughts and the prosthetic limb was thus, commanded to lift the beer bottle to the man’s lips. The 34-year-old patient was incredibly pleased with the outcome of the recent experiment as he was thus able to drink beer on his own.
Erik Sorto became paralyzed 13 years ago when he was shot in the back. He was not able to move his arms or legs ever since the day of the incident. Luckily, the volunteer program he has applied to enabled him to move his prosthetic arm for the first time in 13 years.
“I was waiting for that for 13 years, to drink a beer by myself,” Sorto told journalists after stating that the entire experience was amazing.
Similar endeavors have been made by scientists in the past, as well. The most recent experiment was performed on a paralyzed woman from Pittsburg, who was able to feed herself a chocolate bar with the help of the robotic arm. This research was also developed with the help of brain implants.
In the future, many more people could benefit of the recent scientific progress. However, the findings are currently limited as there are very few people who admit to volunteer in the program. The majority of the tests are performed on mice.
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