www.youtube.com

This Amazing Technology Is Helping Quadriplegics Move Again!

8 years ago, Bill Kochevar's life changed drastically. While on a 150-mile bike ride, Bill collided with a mail truck; the accident resulted in him becoming a quadriplegic. Bill thought he'd never be able to move or do anything on his own again.... but he was wrong. Bill's story is proof that medical technology is doing amazing things to help people every day!


Thanks to the work of these researchers, Bill's now able to take a drink of coffee and feed himself! It may seem like a little thing to us, but it's huge for Bill. "It meant a lot to me because I could move my arm again when I thought that was never going to happen."

Bill is believed to be the first person with quadriplegia in the world to have arm and hand movements restored with the help of two temporarily implanted technologies. The restoration is due to a brain-computer interface with recording electrodes under his skull, and a functional electrical stimulation (FES) system, which activates his arm and hand and essentially reconnects his brain to his paralyzed muscles.


Bill is the focal point of research being done by a consortium of academic and VA institutions and is part of the ongoing "BrainGate2" pilot clinical trial being conducted in association with Case Western Reserve University, Massachusetts General Hospital, the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, and the University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. Bill is one of 10 people with paralysis across the country who's assessing the safety and feasibility of the implanted brain-computer interface (BCI). So far it has had great success! This technology could potentially change people's lives just like it changed Bill's!

"I may not fully benefit from this research, but I firmly believe that someone else will down the road," says Bill.

This HooplaHa original video was produced by Lucia Nazzaro, shot by Yaroslavl Soltys, and edited by Richard M. Tarantino. To see more good news, follow us on Facebook and sign up for our Only Good News Newsletter.

www.youtube.com

71-Year-Old Grandpa Walks Thousands Of Miles To Promote Peace

As a grandfather of 8, Al wants this world to be the best place it can be. Inspired by the amazing men and women of the military, he has pursued what he believes is his mission to encourage others to pray for peace.

Keep reading... Show less
www.youtube.com

Indian Mom Breaks Tradition With Cooking

Nimi Sunil Kumar lives in Munnar, India with her husband and kids. She is a traditional mother and wife who always puts her family first. But her second love is cooking! She's an award-winning cookbook author!

Keep reading... Show less
www.youtube.com

Emotional Stories Of Survivorship: This Video Will Move Every Woman Who Has Ever Been Affected By Cancer

The Women Survivors Alliance finds a place where all women cancer survivors need to be!

Keep reading... Show less
Series - Joy Story
www.youtube.com

Countdown To The Wedding Of The Year: Friends & Family Offer Advice For A Healthy Marriage

You remember Adam & Jared right? 14 million viewers agreed this was the flash mob proposal to end all proposals! Well, they're finally about to start their next phase of their relationship - married life.

Keep reading... Show less
www.youtube.com

Watch These Communities From Around The World Celebrate Love & Kindness In This New Year Song

For those who don't know about Rosh Hashanah, it literally means the "Head of the Year" and the holiday celebrates the birth of the universe (thus the year is not 2017 on the Jewish calendar but 5778). For the Jewish people, it is a New Year and a time of inner renewal and divine atonement, which is done through prayer.

Keep reading... Show less
www.youtube.com

Sunny Days Ahead For New Sunglass Company That's Helping Feed America

This small business that started in its founder's basement, is now making a big difference!

Keep reading... Show less
www.youtube.com

This Shoe Artisan Inspired His Community With His Story Of Diligence, Hope, And Survival

At the age of 39, this husband, father of 2, and successful women's shoe designer, Peter Finnie was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer. Now, at the age 60, he is cancer free, inspiring us with his story of hope, and sharing his good fortune with his community.

Keep reading... Show less
Series - Joy Story
www.youtube.com

It Was A Dream Come True! Adam & Jared Tell All About Their Bachelor Party!

When JoyRide Cycling Instructor, Adam Keller, planned a top-secret flashmob cycling class proposal to ask his boyfriend and fellow JoyRide Instructor, Jared Marinelli, to marry him... little did he know that would SPIN their lives upside down! The video went viral with millions of views and launched this couple into stardom with their digital series JOY STORY!

Keep reading... Show less