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With help from a team at Ohio State and Battelle, Ian Burkhart becomes the first quadriplegic to move a paralyzed extremity using his mind.

Posted by Eileen Scahill on Sep 20, 2016

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"That's good." Ian Burkhart works with Gaurav Sharma of Battelle and Dr. Marcie Bockbrader ’09 MD during a recent therapy session. With that small phrase, and a very large smile, Ian Burkhart conveyed how it felt to move his hand at will for the first time in four years. That was in 2014. Today, he can grasp and swipe a credit card and play a guitar video game. Such complex functional movements once seemed out of the question. Burkhart has been paralyzed from the mid-torso down since he dove into a wave in North Carolina and hit a sandbar the summer after his freshman year of college. The first person ever to move a paralyzed extremity using his own thoughts, Burkhart has made astounding progress under a team of medical professionals from Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center and scientists and engineers from Battelle.

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