Amazing Scientific Breakthrough Allows Paralyzed Man To Walk Again

In the past few years, technology and scientific progress have made incredible advancements, making things that seemed impossible before now become possible.

One significant development is AI, or artificial intelligence, which has expanded tremendously. Some people are even concerned about the potential of AI taking over the world.

Another field that has seen significant progress is space technology. However, the most exciting and heartwarming advancement is the story that connects directly to humans.

Thanks to scientific advancements, a man has regained the ability to walk. This remarkable achievement was made possible by re-establishing communication between his brain and spinal cord.

When Gert-Jan Oskam was 40 years old, he had a serious accident while riding his bike in China, resulting in a broken neck. Doctors told him he would never walk again.

However, since then, Oskam has defied the odds. He can now climb stairs and walk for more than 100 meters at a time, thanks to a life-changing operation.

The key to his progress lies in a wireless "digital bridge." Within just a few days of using this technology, Oskam noticed a significant improvement in his mobility.

But how does this digital bridge actually work?

The technology behind this incredible progress is called a brain-computer interface. It consists of two electronic implants, one in the brain and the other in the spinal cord.

The implant in the brain is positioned near the area that controls leg movements. It can detect the electrical signals produced when we think about walking.

The second implant is placed on the spinal cord, specifically the part that controls leg functions.

For Oksam, this breakthrough has been truly life-changing. After his accident 12 years ago, he never imagined that he would regain the ability to walk.

"A few months ago, I was able, for the first time after 10 years, to stand up and have a beer with my friends," the man expressed.

"That was pretty cool. I want to use it in my daily life."

In the meantime, Professor Jocelyne Bloch, a neurosurgeon from Lausanne University Hospital and one of the leaders of the project, explained, "What we've been able to do is re-establish communication between the brain and the region of the spinal cord that controls leg movement with a digital bridge."

The professor further stated that the system can interpret Gert-Jan's thoughts and convert them into signals that stimulate the spinal cord, allowing him to regain control over his legs voluntarily.

Although Oksam is currently the only individual benefiting from the digital bridge, there is hope that this technology can also be utilized in the future to restore functions of the arms and hands.