Paralysed man uses a mind-controlled exoskeleton to move all four limbs at French research lab
According to reports by the BBC, a 30-year-old man, identified only as Thibault, was able to walk using a mind-controlled robotic suit at a research lab in France.
The former optician, who was paralysed four years ago after a 15m (50ft) fall, was filmed moving all four of his paralysed limbs using an exoskeleton controlled by his brain.
He said taking his first steps in the suit felt like being the "first man on the Moon".
"The impact of a spinal injury is life-changing, so developments in technology which could enable people to live more freely and independently in the future are hugely encouraging."
Lisa Gunner, serious injury solicitor at Thompsons Solicitors, said it was encouraging to see developments in movement-assisting technology, which could one day help people with spinal injuries in the UK.
“To someone who works with spinal cord injury survivors, the footage of a man who was paralysed from the neck down using a mind-controlled exoskeleton to move all four of his limbs was very exciting to see,” said Lisa.
“The impact of a spinal injury is life-changing, so developments in technology which could enable people to live more freely and independently in the future are hugely encouraging.
“This is a great development in the ever-evolving field of exoskeleton technology, which could potentially offer patients advanced mobility beyond which is currently possible through existing treatment and rehabilitation.
“But, while it is exciting to learn of technological advancements that could one day enhance the lives of people living with serious spinal cord injuries, it’s important to remember that many of these assistive devices are in the very early stages of development, and may not be available for many years to come.
“We continue to monitor technology that may one day improve the independence of our clients long term. However, our focus remains on ensuring we support people in the here and now, by securing funds which enable them to access existing treatments, specialist rehabilitation and living aids. We do this by putting them in touch with leading experts and ensuring the funds are available to enable them to make much-needed adaptations to their home to enhance their independence.”
Thompsons Solicitors has a team of dedicated serious injury specialists, who secure millions of pounds in damages for seriously injured people every year. The team works closely with groups such as the Spinal Injuries Association, Headway – the brain injury association, and the Limbless Association, to increase awareness and understanding of the impact of catastrophic injuries, and campaign for positive change in society to enable seriously injured people to live full and fulfilling lives.
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