Ever since Calven Goza was left wheel-chaired bound, he was hoping science would be able to help him walk again. Now after nearly two-and-a-half years of wishful thinking, the 26-year-old was finally able to see some results.
In December last year, University of Louisville researchers surgetically implanted electrobe receptors into his lower spine and had sensors wired to his leg.
An electric charge is sent to the receptors in his damaged spinal cord to mimick brain signals, with the idea that the pulse could help stimulate and trigger movement from the muscles.
After nearly two hours of testing, lead researcher and neuroscientist Susan Harkema decided to ramp up the voltage.
What happened next has been described as as “pretty awesome” by Goza.
From not being able to use his legs since his accident, Goza was able to first shift his big toe, and then eventually bend his knees, CNN reports.
Researchers hope that this pioneering therapy will be eventually be able to help patients get back bladder, bowel control and even sexual function too.
But for Goza, he is looking forward to one day regaining full control and use of his legs.