Zapping the spinal cord helped paralyzed people learn to move again

Combination of electricity and intense rehab helped patients who had been immobile for years

Gert-Jan Oskam walking with crutches

MOVING FORWARD  Gert-Jan Oskam was paralyzed in a traffic accident seven years ago. Today, he walks with crutches and targeted pulses of electricity delivered to his spinal cord.


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