Monthly Archives: January 2009
Imagine being able to look at a light, think about turning it on, and it comes on without you moving. Or picture, with just a thoughtful wish, being able to control a computer or open a door. Now envision directing and controlling all manner of inanimate objects with your mind. It would be great fun and potentially very helpful in our multi-tasking world, but consider how it would transform the existence for a person who has lost all motor function due to spinal cord or brain damage. What if there were a technology that allowed people with severe disabilities to communicate, guide robotic limbs, and control the environment around them? This is not just science fiction, but the vision driving the development of brain-computer interfaces or BCI.
Breakthrough Technology Benefits Stroke and Neurological Patients
GREENVILLE — By helping stroke victims regain hand control and grasp objects, they can now master tasks once believed impossible, thanks to highly sophisticated technology now available at Delta Regional Medical Center.
Through a partnership with Bioness Inc., the rural hospital is among the first in the nation to offer the breakthrough therapy and serve as a regional evaluation and treatment site for patients interested in trying out the new device. “We have integrated this technology into both our acute inpatient rehab program and into our outpatient setting,” said Stephanie Kent, director of musculoskeletal services at Delta Regional.
Injured in a motocross accident, Joey Gibbs tackles new challenges.
Eleven-year-old Joey Gibbs knew he was paralyzed following a motocross jump mishap. The accident occurred at 5:42 p.m. on Sept. 18, 2008.
“I landed wrong, and it catapulted me into another jump,” Joey said, describing the double-jump accident. “I knew right off the bat I was paralyzed. I tried to move my feet. It felt weird. I felt tingling.”