Man paralyzed in car accident walks after spinal implant

Rob Summers, 25, who suffered a spinal cord injury in a hit-and-run car accident in 2006 has stood and walked on his own on a treadmill with help after he received an electrical implant which stimulates the lower spinal cord. This procedure is known as functional electronic stimulation (FES). Summers was able to achieve “full weight-bearing standing with assistance only for balance for 4:25 minutes” reports The Lancet.

This is an exciting medical breakthrough and offers hope to some of the approximate 10,500 people who suffer a spinal cord injury every year. Spinal cord injuries can have devastating effects on those who have had a serious accident including a car accident, a fall, a gunshot or a sporting accident. The majority of those who suffer spinal cord injuries are young men between the ages of 16-40 .

For more information, see The Lancet, Early Online Publication, 20 May 2011, “Effect of epidural stimulation of the lumbosacral spinal cord on voluntary movement, standing, and assisted stepping after motor complete paraplegia: a case study

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