Video: Courtesy of Edgerton Lab at UCLA
Thirteen years ago Cecilla Villarruel was involved in a horrific car crash, she sustained a C6-7 spinal cord injury. The accident left her with little to no hand movement.
However, after undergoing eight sessions of noninvasive surgical techniques to stimulate the injured spinal cord, Cecilla has regained hand function.
The technique pioneered by Professor Reggie Edgerton is for the first time enabling people with severe paralysis to regain use of hands.
In this UCLA Edgerton lab lead trial, six people with severe spinal cord injuries regained use of their hands and fingers for the first time in years after undergoing a nonsurgical, noninvasive spinal stimulation procedure that Professor Reggie Edgerton and his team have developed.
“After just eight sessions, they could do things they haven’t been able to do for years,” said Professor Reggie Edgerton.
‘All six research subjects also showed improvement including improved blood pressure, bladder function, cardiovascular function and the ability to sit upright without support.
‘This is the largest reported recovery of the use of hands that have been reported in patients with such severe spinal cord injuries, Edgerton said.
Professor Reggie Edgerton is bringing this revolutionary technology to Sydney through Project Edge. Funding permitting, Project Edge will start in the second half of 2018.