Scientists Help A Paralyzed Man Play 'Guitar Hero'
A Ohio man was paralyzed from the shoulders down after a diving accident, but scientists have since helped restore movement in his hands and wrists.By Mikah Sargent | April 13, 2016
A man with quadriplegia — paralysis of the arms and legs — has been able to regain movement in his fingers, hands and wrists thanks to a first-of-its-kind medical breakthrough.
Ian Burkhart suffered a spinal cord injury in a diving accident in 2010, paralyzing him from the shoulders down. Researchers have been working with him for a few years now.
Doctors implanted an electrical device into Burkhart's motor cortex — the part of the brain responsible for voluntary movement — and connected it to muscle stimulators around his arms.