posted on Dec, 17 2012 @ 03:04 PM
Another giant leap in technology now means that people who are paralyzed now have a chance of being able to do everyday things in life that many of us
take for granted..
A woman who is paralysed from the neck down has stunned doctors with her extraordinary skill at using a robotic arm that is controlled by her
The 52-year-old patient, called Jan, lost the use of her limbs more than 10 years ago to a degenerative disease that damaged her spinal cord. The
disruption to her nervous system was the equivalent to having a broken neck.
I cannot imagine how difficult it must have been for her to slowly lose the use of her limbs.. So this will hopefully give her a new lease of life and
make her life a bit easier for her.
She is obviously trying her very best to make this work for her.. And good on her..!
But in training sessions at the University of Pittsburgh, doctors found she quickly learned to make fluid movements with the brain-controlled
robotic arm, reaching levels of performance never seen before.
"We were blown away by how fast she was able to acquire her skill, that was completely unexpected," said Andrew Schwartz, professor of
neurobiology at the University of Pittsburgh.
"At the end of a good day, when she was making these beautiful movements, she was ecstatic."
This brought a smile to my face as i read through the article.. She will only get better and better with practice.
Kudos to you Jan..!
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