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Paralyzed people are beginning to walk with a new kind of therapy

In this May 22, 2018 photo provided by the University of Louisville, Professor Susan Harkema watches as Kelly Thomas of Lecanto, Fla., practices walking with the help of a walker. “Recovery can happen if you have the right circumstances,” says Harkema, who co-authored a report on the use of electrical implants to stimulate the spinal cord. (Tom Fougerousse/University of Louisville via AP) NY916 NY916

A few patients paralyzed by spinal-cord injuries had an electrical stimulator implanted and underwent intensive physical therapy. They're taking their first steps in years.

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