Paralyzed woman moves robotic arm with thoughts
A quadriplegic woman from Pittsburgh-area has learned to move a robotic arm using her mind.
Jan suffers from spinocerebellar degeneration -a genetic disease - that has left her paralyzed from the neck down.
She volunteered to undergo operation to put two sensors directly in her brain that could be connected to a computerized robotic arm.
Jan believe that her participation in the study has brought meaning to her life.
"I've always believed there's a purpose to my illness," CBS News quoted her as saying on '60 minutes.'
"I didn't think I would find out what it was in my lifetime and here came this study where they needed me.
"In a few years, the quadriplegics and the amputees, it's just going to help," she said.
Called "Revolutionizing Prosthetics," the 150 million-dollar-mission is run by Dr. Geoffrey Ling, a neurologist and retired Army colonel.
At Ling's direction, computerized artificial arms and hands have been designed that, in a few years, will be improving the lives of many people.
"We will have now created the possibility of restoration and we're not going to stop at just arms and hands," Ling said.
"I dream that we'll be able to take this into all sorts of patients...with stroke...cerebral palsy...the elderly," he said.