A woman fainted trying to get up. New implant runs them.

A rare disease made a woman faint every time she sat up or stood up. Now, with a new device implanted in her spinal cord, she can stand with a walker and walk the length of two and a half football fields.

Researchers recently used the same implanted device to treat three men with debilitating spinal cord injuries. Live Science previously reported. In these patients, the implant stimulated certain nerves in the spinal cord, which then activated muscles in the trunk and legs. This allowed the men to stand, walk, and even cycle on a stationary bike.

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