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Scientific Breakthroughs Offer New Hope for People with Spinal Cord Injuries

“Marquis is now able to walk up to a quarter of a mile”

What you need to know:

  • 29-year-old Jeff Marquis is one of the SCI survivors who got a chance to try new implanted electrical simulators
  • Five years after injury, he is walking with horizontal poles
  • While not a cure, new options for mobility and support include brain-machine interfacing and more advanced exoskeletons
  • The cost can be prohibitive: exoskeletons can cost $80,000 to $100,000 out-of-pocket
Written by Emily Progin