BEL13VERS are helping us fund the world's largest research trial using spinal stimulation treatment for people living with quadriplegia.
They were all told that paralysis is permanent. Medical science is changing that. Our goal is to change it faster.
The miracle is out there. It is called spinal stimulation treatment.
How does it work? In almost every case, some of the nerves below the point of an injury to the spinal cord go dormant, but are still living. Applying an electrical stimulation treatment, in customized patterns, can reawaken those circuits. With rehabilitation therapy to revive and renew the nerve connections, eventually these neural pathways can restore functions and respond to commands once again.
With essential funding from gifts made by BEL13VERS to the Jack Jablonski Foundation, Mayo Clinic became the first medical center in the world to replicate and validate paralysis recovery results using spinal stimulation treatment. Jered, a young man who had been living with chronic, complete paralysis for more than 3 years following a snowmobile accident regained the ability to move his legs, stand, and even take steps as a result
In follow-up results published in the September 2018 issue of the medical journal Nature Medicine, Mayo Clinic reports Jered was able to walk over ground using a front-wheeled walker. Jered used his entire body to transfer weight, maintain balance and propel forward. In his best session, Jered took a total of 331 steps and traveled 111 yards — about the length of a football field.
In the study, Jered’s spinal cord was stimulated by an implanted electrode, enabling neurons to receive the signal that he wanted to stand or step. However, when stimulation was off, Jered remained paralyzed.
We are not done yet. Together, we can BEAT PARALYSIS.
We are now completing the world’s largest research study focused on a treatment to recover hand and arm function for people living with quadriplegia.
This treatment works.
All 24 people participating in this clinical trial experienced some level of recovery. Recovery is not complete, not yet. But every one of these people can do things again that they have not been able to do since their spinal cord injury.
Please considering making your gift today to help us BEAT PARALYSIS. Together, we can get this done.
100% of your gift will be support the clinical trials that are advancing paralysis recovery treatments.