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With rehab and a jolt to the spinal cord, paralyzed patients take steps again

Watch: Rehab and the implantation of a device that zaps the spinal cord allowed a small number of patients paralyzed from the waist down to take steps again, researchers reported.

Two research teams reported Monday that three patients paralyzed from the waist down were able to take steps again after weeks of rehabilitation and the implantation of a device that zaps the spinal cord in precise ways, fueling hopes that some sensory and motor function may be regained even when it appears they have been completely lost.

“The fact that at one time, it was thought there would be no motor or sensory function in these patients — what is returning is just extraordinary,” said Peter Wilderotter, CEO

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