Breakthrough For Spinal Cord Injuries and Paralysis

New technology allows patients with injured spines to use their legs.
3:00 | 04/08/14

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Join today at Up next tonight, a day we have longed to see. A medical breakthrough for paralyzed patients gaining the ability to move again. Experts so excited about the approach one said, spinal cord injuries may no longer be a life long sentence of paralysis. ABC's Paula Faris on this new reason to hope tonight. Reporter: Kent was paralyzed from the chest down in 2009. Pin ups. He was told he would never walk again. Side to side. Reporter: A motorcycle accident left drew a quad pleejic. There's are the faces of a breakthrough because of a stimulator controlled by a remote. Take away that remote. So the device is off. Try to lift up your leg. Reporter: These men part of a cutting edge experiment have even stood up. What was that like? Just felt incredible. You have been in a chair for two years, you know, and you forget how tall you are. You stand up and you're like wow, this is amazing. I feel like king Kong right now. Emotional. Something -- well, it's not ea easy. Reporter: Experts say there's never been anything like this calling it ground-breaking. They feel hot, cold, sharp, dull, even something as simple as the breeze against my legs on a nice day. Reporter: A spinal injure disrupts the communication from the brain to the legs. This device sends signals into the injured spine helping the brain's signal travel to the spine and then on to the legs. We have a remarkable breakthrough with spinal cord injuries. To present this award, we have some very special guests. Reporter: It was a dream captured in this famous commercial with the late Christopher reeve. It's his foundation that helped fund the researchers who say it's ground breaking for the 1.2 million Americans who lack control of their limbs. The future. Six chin ups. Yeah. And that future is now. How much hope do you have? I don't think there's a word to cap how much hope, tons. More research needs to be done. The study provides. Recovery is possible even years after the injuries. Dian Diane, these gentlemygentlemen fully expect to walk again. I love how he said feeling the breeze against his legs. What's next? They invited former patients to the study. But so for, no success. How we are hoping with them tonight.

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