With the use of a brain implant that analyzes neural activity and transmits instructions to the spine, a paralyzed man regains the capacity to stand and walk, providing hope for the recovery of movement in paralyzed people.
A man named Gert-Jan Oskam, who was paralyzed in a cycling accident in 2011, has regained the ability to stand and walk with the help of a brain implant. Doctors implanted a device that reads his brain waves and sends instructions to his spine, allowing him to move the right muscles. Despite being told he would never walk again; Oskam has been able to climb stairs and walk more than 100 meters at a time since the operation. The implant, called the “digital bridge,” was developed by a team of neuroscientists in Switzerland and aims to reconnect the brain with paralyzed muscles using wireless signals. The device has shown promise in improving rehabilitation and restoring lost control. The researchers hope to further develop and miniaturize the technology to assist other paralyzed individuals in walking, controlling their limbs, and other functions.