Three paralyzed people were able to walk with the new treatment
SWITZERLAND: Scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne have been able to walk three completely paralyzed people after years of hard work. All three had lost electrical signals to the lower torso after a spinal cord and cerebral palsy injury.
Neurologist Dr. Gregor Courtenay and surgeon Jacqueline Bloch first discovered it in 2018. But now they have developed a better system that allows electrical activity in the brain, thanks to artificial intelligence software, after which their nerve signals begin to fire. Thus, within hours of therapy, the nervous system began to move and they were able to lift their legs.
To do this, electrical patches were applied to the area of the patient’s cerebral cortex, which was giving electrical signals to the lower torso and legs to move them. This activated the whole system.
Interestingly, the activity of the electrical patch applied to the back can be controlled through the tablet app. The electric implant works in light of these instructions.
Earlier, pain was treated by electrocution in the cerebellum, but now three completely paralyzed people have been able to walk. This patch continuously emits electrical signals and strengthens the patient’s lower torso.
For this, a new type of electrode was invented which affects all the nerves of the thighs and legs. Electrical activity was then delivered to each patient as needed.
The three male patients, aged 29 to 41, had numb lower limbs and legs. Soon they will be able to swim and ride bicycles.