- Paralyzed man regains control of hand with aid of new technology
- Doctor: "It's amazing for the patient to see a hand that's been lifeless for five years to move again"
- Ian Burkhart says he's proud to take part in groundbreaking study
(CNN)Nearly six years after being paralyzed from his chest down, Ian Burkhart has regained control of his right hand and fingers with the help of a computer chip implanted in his brain and other technology that bypass his spinal injury -- what his doctors hailed as a "major milestone" in the rapidly evolving field to help those with debilitating injuries.
Simple daily tasks made possible again
The chip isn't a cure for paralysis
The accident left him paralyzed from his elbows down. He remembers that moment "vividly," but chooses not to dwell on it.