Superman star Christopher Reeve Helps Paraplegic Rob Summers standup and walk (Video)

By on May 21, 2011 in Amazing, Health, Hollywood, Science, Technology, United States, World Comments

Paraplegic Rob Summers
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As reported in various international news sites, May 20, 2011, a revolutionary treatment aided a hit –and-run victim, paralyzed from the waist down, to stand up on his own and take his first step.

Apparently, Rob Summers, 25, is the first patient to react to the treatment, were in electrical stimulation of the spinal cord is needed.

Summers was quoted saying, ‘This procedure has completely changed my life.

It was noted that the University of Louisville, UCLA and the California Institute of Technology scientists formed the group that developed the treatment in which instead of the brain; the spinal cord is “taught” to control limbs and body functions.

Allegedly, at the Frazier Rehab Institute in Louisville, the wheel chair bound Rob was able to get himself up for more than a few minutes and eventually stand on his own without help from staff.

As reported in The Lancet medical journal, Scientists described the achievement as ‘a breakthrough’.

‘It opens up a huge opportunity to improve the daily functioning of these individuals,’ Lead author Professa Susan Harkema from the Kentucky Spinal Cord Research Center at the University of Louisville was quoted saying.

Purportedly, the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, the charity founded by Superman actor Christopher Reeve and his wife aided in the research.

As previous reports add, Mr. Reeve untiringly championed the spinal injury research after his riding accident in 1995, left him paralyzed from the neck down. He died in 2004 aged 52.

Paralysed man walks after surgery
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