Miracles of science still happen. After being paralyzed below the chest, due to a nasty car accident for about two and a half years, Calven Goza is the first patient to respond to high voltage therapy.
On Monday, 5th of January, when researchers at the University of Louisville brought him into the laboratory, Goza had electrodes implanted in his spine and his leg wired with muscle sensors. All he had to do was to pull a string connected to a ring on his toe. But it was not an easy task.
Susan Harkema, a neuroscientist and the lead researcher on the project got the right solution for the “miracle”. After two hours of testing different combinations of voltage to no avail, she increased the voltage. Goza’s toe pulled the string, and following various configurations of the voltage, he was able to bend his knee. Not long after that, he could lift his leg off the table. Not only once, but again and again.
Goza was not quick to believe his eyes, but then again, two and a half years can do that to a man. He questioned it at first, fearing that maybe it didn’t happen, and he was just hoping really bad that it did.
Despite having his leg movement restored, over the study’s five-year course, no other patient participating in the paralyzed study has been able to walk again. However, there have been some other results, which are as, if not more, important than walking. Kent Stephenson, one of the study participants, hopes he will be able to walk again someday, but there’s the sexual function and the bladder control he really wishes he could regain.
Other reports claim that the participants have improved control over their bladder and blood pressure, while others account for recovered sexual function.
Scientist plan to continue to analyze the ways in which this kind of therapy affects the cardiovascular system. In 2015, the researchers in Louisville intend to test this voltage treatment in seven more patients. Results might surprise researchers and offer a new hope to people around the world.
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