Walking with an exoskeleton

. Today we tell you a truly extraordinary story, which combines the use of an incredible medical device to the "rebirth"

Written Friday, by Emanuele Mortarotti

Welcome back on  Dispotech's blog, your disposable excellence. Today we tell you a truly extraordinary story, which combines the use of an incredible medical device to the "rebirth" of a young boy victim of a terrible accident. To do so, we refer to an article published on the abc.net.au website.

 

The article in question tells the story of Thibault, a young French boy who had a terrible accident four years ago: he fell to the ground from a balcony 12 metres high. Miraculously, he is still alive, but his spine is irreparably damaged: Thibault is paralyzed from his shoulders down.

After this terrible accident, the young man decided not to give up and, thanks to the doctors treating him, he expressed the desire to "help" himself through his brain, since he could no longer move the rest of his body.

So he began training for many months on a simulator which, through an avatar, simulated human movements useful for controlling the exoskeleton. Subsequently, the Grenoble Alpes hospital's medical team implanted two devices into Thibault's head - precisely between the brain and skin. Both devices are able to decode impulses from the sensomotor cortex, the area of the brain controlling body movements. The two devices transmit signals to the brain which, thanks to an algorithm, are materially transformed into the patient's intended movements. As a result the exoskeleton receives the commands and moves.

Unbelievable, isn't it? We are confident that, thanks to this important study and Thibault’s experience, new paths will be opened and all paralysed patients will have the opportunity to move again.

 

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