"I never dreamed I would ever be able to do that again."
In a 2010 diving accident, the then 19-year-old Ian Burkhart was left quadriplegic, meaning that he has lost the use of his four limbs and torso. It was total devastation for Ian and his family.
Almost four years later, in the laboratory at the Wexner Medical Center of Ohio State University, what seemed like an impossibility happened.
In front of doctors, researchers and his family, Ian moved his hand once again with the help of a new, cutting-edge technology called Neurobridge.
Neurobridge is the brainchild of researchers at Battelle and doctors at Ohio State. Simply put, this novel technology works as a bypass for spinal cord injuries by reconnecting the brain directly to muscles, allowing voluntary and functional control of a paralyzed limb.
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"We implanted a microchip sensor in Ian's brain that will essentially read his thoughts and send signals to a wearable high-tech sleeve placed on his forearm to control his muscle movements" -- Dr. Ali Rezai, neurosurgeon, Ohio State.
What this new development, Ian is hopeful for his future. He said:
"It's definitely great for me to be as young as I am when I was injured because the advancements in science and technology are growing rapidly and they're only going to continue to increase."