Friday, August 3, 2007


Jumper leads deep into brain revive man after six years

‘Scientists have jump-started the consciousness of a man with severe brain injury in a world-first procedure in which electrodes were inserted deep into his brain.

The 38-year-old, who had been in a minimally conscious state for six years after an assault, could only move his fingers or eyes occasionally and was fed through a tube.

Now he can chew, swallow and carry out movements like brushing his hair and drinking from a cup, say the US neuroscientists who carried out the procedure, known as deep brain stimulation.

“He regularly uses words and gestures and responds to questions quickly,” said Ali Rezai, of the Cleveland Clinic’s Centre for Neurological Restoration.’

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