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Technology Helps A Paralyzed Man Transform Thought Into Movement
National Public Radio

Ian Burkhart, now 24, was paralyzed in 2010 after diving into a wave in shallow water. The accident left him with some arm movement but no use of his hands.

Then, about two years ago, scientists in Ohio equipped Burkhart with a system that allowed him to control his right wrist and hand with his thoughts.

“The first time moving my hand — that was really just like that flicker of hope,” Burkhart told reporters during a media briefing Tuesday. The briefing was held to publicize a study in this week’s issue of Nature, which describes Burkhart’s progress since he started using the system.

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