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On June 13th, 2010, college freshman Ian Burkhart was goofing off in the ocean with his friends, when he dove into the wrong wave. It pushed him down onto a shallow sandbar, breaking his neck at the fifth cervical vertebra and instantly paralyzing him. He couldn’t feel his arms or legs. It would be four years before he moved his hand again.
After his condition stabilized, Burkhart moved back home with his family in Columbus, Ohio and started doing rehabilitation therapy at Ohio State University, where he learned that a local team, led by engineer Chad Bouton and neurosurgeon Ali Rezai, were developing a technological bypass for injured spinal cords. Their “neuroprosthetic” would directly connect the brain to muscles in the arm, allowing paralyzed people to regain control of their own limbs. They needed test subjects, and Burkhart fit the bill perfectly.
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