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My goal, besides testing the technology before making it public, is to communicate and disseminate its outstanding results. Giving positivity, hope and a reason to train to all those people who need the use of a wheelchair as a result of spinal cord injury.

Here some interviews that I have given:

Epidural electrical stimulation (EES) targeting the dorsal roots of lumbosacral segments restores walking in people with spinal cord injury (SCI). However, EES is delivered with multielectrode paddle leads that were originally designed to target the dorsal column of the spinal cord. Here, we hypothesized that an arrangement of electrodes targeting the ensemble of dorsal roots involved in leg and trunk movements would result in superior efficacy, restoring more diverse motor activities after the most severe SCI. 
We tested these neurotechnologies in three individuals with complete sensorimotor paralysis as part of an ongoing clinical trial. Within a single day, activity-specific stimulation programs enabled these three individuals to stand, walk, cycle, swim and control trunk movements. 

Michel Roccati was paralysed after a motorbike accident five years ago. His spinal cord was completely severed - and he has no feeling at all in his legs.
But he can now walk - because of an electrical implant that has been surgically attached to his spine.

Someone this injured has never been able to walk like this before.

I met Michel at the lab where the implant was created. He told me that the technology "is a gift to me".

Michel Roccati lost the ability to walk after a motorcycle accident in 2017, when he had a complete spinal cord injury. But today, equipped with an electrode device implanted on his spinal cord, Roccati can enjoy the simple things again: standing at a bar for drinks with friends, taking a shower without a chair and even strolling through the town with a walker.

“I am free,” said Roccati, who is from Italy. “I can walk wherever I want to.”

Elettrodi per tornare a muoversi - 27/07/2022

Sensazionale dispositivo ideato al Politecnico di Losanna: un impianto nel midollo spinale ha permesso a tre pazienti paraplegici di recuperare la mobilità.

Il racconto delle sue emozioni. "Il suono dei miei passi è così bello che ho bisogno di sentirlo ogni giorno. quando voglio farmi un regalo, accendo la stimolazione e comincio a camminare, e dico: finalmente è come prima!"

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Il futuro della cura delle paralisi
Con questa tecnologia Bloch e Courtine sono riusciti ad aiutare nove persone con lesioni parziali del midollo a tornare a muoversi. Successivamente, nel 2021, hanno impiantato per la prima volta un dispositivo EES in un paziente con una lesione spinale completa, Michel Roccati. Una lesione del genere implica una paralisi totale, ma grazie a questo impianto – che il paziente stesso definisce come “un messaggio di speranza” – e a tanta dedizione e allenamento, Roccati è riuscito a camminare di nuovo.

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Michel Roccati, querschnittgelähmt, nimmt einen Zettel und schreibt: Ich werde wieder gehen. Eigentlich ist das unmöglich. Und doch schafft er es