Kelly Thomas, 24, is one of three paralyzed patients who can now walk again, thanks to a stimulation device implanted in her lower back coupled with intense physical therapy. News of the patients’ progress, considered an important medical advancement, was published in separate studies in two scientific journals on Monday.
Thomas is part of innovative research conducted at the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center at the University of Louisville.
In a study published Monday in the New England Journal of Medicine, two of four patients with “motor complete spinal cord injury”, meaning no voluntary movement below their injury were able to walk again after being implanted with a spinal cord stimulation device and then undergoing extensive physical therapy. They walk with the aid of walkers.
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Shareholder Peter Burg of Burg Simpson commented on this story:
“It is awesome to see an increase in medical research and focus on the treatment of people with chronic spinal cord injuries. The results of this case are inspiring and encouraging, but there is still much work to be done. The need for further research funding and support of clinical trials has never been greater. Hopefully, the advancements currently being made can lead to improved quality of life for those who have suffered by spinal cord injuries.”
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