A guy who was paralyzed has regained his ability to walk thanks to electronic brain implants, a huge medical advancement.
A paralyzed man named Gert-Jan Oskam has regained the ability to walk using electronic brain implants, marking a significant medical breakthrough. Twelve years ago, Oskam was paralyzed in a cycling accident, but now, thanks to wireless implants in his brain and spine, his thoughts can be transmitted to his legs and feet. Although the system is still in the experimental stage, a leading UK spinal charity has called the development “very encouraging.” Oskam describes the experience as learning to walk again, and he can now stand, climb stairs, and even have a beer with a friend. The Swiss researchers behind the project aim to move the technology out of the lab and into clinical applications as soon as possible. While there is still progressed to be made, the development is seen as a significant step toward restoring movement and independence for individuals with spinal cord injuries.