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Helping stroke patients regain movement in their hands

By Pam Belluck

20 Feb 2023 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

Here's your daily dose of good news ☀️ The NYT tells us about an innovative study, which found that electrical stimulation of the spine could help people who are currently disabled following a stroke.

Heather Rendulic was 23 when she suffered a stroke that disabled her left side. Ten years later, her left arm and hand remain so impaired that she cannot tie her shoes, type with two hands or cut her own food.

But for an extraordinary month, while participating in an innovative study, she suddenly was able to open a padlock with a key, draw a map of Italy, dip a chicken nugget in sauce and eat it with a fork — all with that left hand.

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