A man with Parkinson’s walks again – level 2

10-11-2023 15:00

A Swiss-made implant helps a Parkinson’s patient named Marc Gauthier to walk better.

Marc had trouble moving around and was mostly at home. But at Lausanne University Hospital, Switzerland, they put a special device in his body.  The man has electrodes on his spinal cord and a little machine under his skin which sends electric signals. These signals make his leg muscles work better.

Gauthier said that this device changed his life, and now he can go out, do things, and walk on his own. Parkinson’s is a disease that makes people shaky and stiff, and it is hard for them to move. Doctors plan to test this device on six more patients next year. They think it can help more people with Parkinson’s feel better and walk easier.

Difficult words: implant (a thing which doctors put inside a body to help with a problem), spinal cord (nerves in the spine), signal (a message).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.

What are some of the possible long-term effects of using this device to treat Parkinson's patients?


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