Tetraplegics A Boon to Resume Movements in Paralytic People

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It is God’s grace who has provided us with a beautiful body and that too well coordinated.  It is a pity on us for not taking its care as one should take (Breakthrough Medical Innovation). A human being loves materialistic things more than his self precious body. People always keep worrying about the money, Jewellery, property, house accessories, household things, etc. and also can take the life of anyone for the above non-living things. But forgets to take care of the precious gift given by God that is our body, which supports us in achieving whatever we want.

If by chance we happen to meet any tragedy or due to illness any of the organs stop functioning that time realizes the importance of it and now one puts complete effort to make it right in any of the ways one can do.

But, it is always good if one starts taking care at the beginning itself and give respect to our body.

Breakthrough Medical Innovation 1 Tetraplegics

Anyways for every problem, there is a solution. A recent update in medical science came from Washington; A French man was paralyzed in a night club accident can now walk again with the help of brain-controlled exoskeleton, scientists declared it a breakthrough providing hope to tetraplegics seeking to resume movement.

The patient was trained for months, to connect his brain signals to control a computer-generated figure representing a particular person to perform basic movements before using the robot device to walk.

Breakthrough Medical Innovation 2 Autonomy

Doctors who were deeply involved in the trial of tetraplegics warned that the device will take years to make this publicly available but laid emphasis that it had “the potential to improve patients’ quality of life and will also make them independent”.

The man supporting researchers was identified as Thibault, a 28-year-old from Lyon, and was highly thankful to doctors who gave him a new lease of life.

Breakthrough Medical Innovation 3 Transformation

Four years ago Thibault fell 12 meters (40 feet) from a balcony while on a night out, life changed forever when he had severe injuries in his spinal cord and this left him paralyzed from the shoulders down.

When his condition was very serious then his brain was undergoing a training said by Thibault to AFP on Thursday. This training on a video-game avatar system required months to attain the skills needed to operate him for the movement; he said like the learning of walking steps in the childhood the same he had to “relearn” natural movements from scratch.

Breakthrough Medical Innovation 4 Transformation

A person suffering from cervical spinal cord injury leaves approximately 20 percent of patients paralyzed in all four limbs and is the most brutal injury. With this, the brain is still capable of generating commands which in normal situation moves the arms and legs too said by Alim-Louis Benabid, professor emeritus at Grenoble and lead author of this study had published it in The Lancet Neurology.

Breakthrough Medical Innovation 5 Resume Walking

A team of experts from the Hospital of Grenoble Alpes, biomedical firm Cinatech and the CEA research center initiated by implanting two recording devices on either side of Thibault’s head, between the brain and the skin.

This technique helped to read the patient’s sensorimotor cortex — the area that controls motor function. Each decoder of the computer system transmits the brain signals which are then later transmitted into the movements the patient has thought about. It is this coordination that sends physical commands which the patient executes.

Breakthrough Medical Innovation 6 Humanoid Robot

Thibault used a computer-generated figure representing a particular person to perform the activities to control performing basic physical tasks such as walking and reaching out to touch objects.

Several previous studies were also done but each had used implants to stimulate muscles in patients’ own bodies, but the Grenoble study is the first to use brain signals to control a robot exoskeleton. Researchers involved in the study said in future the whole system could potentially lead to brain-controlled wheelchairs for paralyzed patients. Benabid said this isn’t about turning the man into a machine but about responding to a medical problem,

Breakthrough Medical Innovation 7 Hope Clinically

Tom Shakespeare from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine after the depth study of the complete system said the exoskeleton system has to go miles till it becomes a usable clinical possibility. Thibault with a great relief said this first trial offered some positive outcomes for the people like me so; it is a “message of hope to people like me”.

No doubt patients with the whole body paralysis have been given new hope after a revolutionary new nerve surgery which helped to restore movement in hands and elbows.

Australian surgeons brought this change by attaching nerves connected to working muscles just above the spinal injury, to nerves attached to the paralyzed muscle below it.

“When All the Door Gets Closed Then a Light of Hope Always Exist”

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