A woman would faint whenever she tried to stand. New implant lets her walk.

A rare disease caused a woman to faint every time she sat up or stood. Now, with a new device implanted in her spinal cord, she can stand and walk the length of two and a half football fields with a walker.

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Researchers recently used the same implanted device to treat three men with paralyzing spinal cord injuries, Live Science previously reported. In these patients, the implant stimulated specific nerves in the spinal cord that then activated muscles in the trunk and legs. This allowed the men to stand, walk and even cycle on a stationary bike.

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