Tag: Actor Christopher Reeve
CLEVELAND — Ground-breaking, life-changing research is happening at MetroHealth Medical Center when it comes to spinal cord injuries and giving people function back.
Imagine a future when people who have been paralyzed can move their arms and legs again.
Researchers at the University of Washington aren’t just imagining that day. With a new $16 million grant, they’re developing technology that could reanimate paralyzed limbs in the not too distant future.
The Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering, a UW-led effort that includes researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, San Diego State University and other partners, is developing implantable devices that can send signals between regions of the brain or nervous system that have been disconnected due to injury.
The family of Christopher Reeve is announcing what it calls a “game changer” in the treatment of spinal cord injuries.
“It’s hard not to think, ‘What if he was here and what if he was present for this breakthrough?’” Matthew Reeve, the late actor’s son, told People magazine on the eve of the 10th anniversary of Reeve’s death.
“My father dreamed of a world with empty wheelchairs and gave hope to a whole community… this is a key new step in that hope becoming realized.”
For 26 years, Stewart Midwinter had been paragliding, but last August after a leap from a Rocky Mountain peak west of Calgary, he encountered unusual turbulence that sent him careening into the mountainside.
His paragliding partner thought he was dead, but Mr. Midwinter was safely plucked from the backcountry and taken to a hospital where he has been ever since, wheelchair bound, able to move only one arm from the chest down.