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Medical break-through helps four paralyzed men stand

A new study that involves an innovative development in spinal cord injury has come up with a new way that could be beneficial for paralyzed patients.

Diane Hoffman, NYC Today, Jul 27, 2015

The study is related to erection of an electrical simulator in the spine and the procedure is thought to be a medical advancement.

Recently, four men, who were paralyzed from the chest down, were able to stand after undergoing the procedure. According to the men, the procedure is helpful, when it comes to their health and quality of life.

The Christopher and Dave Reeve Foundation funded the study and also raised an amount of $15 million for performance of procedure on other patients. According to Dustin Shillcox, who got paralyzed in a car accident five years back, he is able to stand up for over half an hour and it is an awesome and amazing feeling for him.

Electrical stimulators were surgically implanted in spines of Shillcox and the other three men, and they are working in the direction of walking again one day. The study has been published in the online journal PLOS ONE. Dr. Susan Harkema and her colleagues at the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center at the University of Louisville reported detailed findings of the study in the journal.

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