Electrode Experiment Shows Promise as a Paralyzed Man Stands
By DENISE GRADY
Published: May 19, 2011A young man paralyzed by an injury to his spinal cord has regained the ability to stand for short periods, take steps with help and move his legs and feet at will, with the help of an electrical stimulator implanted in his lower back. The device is experimental and not available to other patients, and because it has been studied in only one person it is not known whether it would work as well in other people with different types of spinal injury.
You can bet there would be a market for this devise, and that at first only the very wealthy would be able to afford it. But, then like computers, and cars, and refrigerators, and cell phones, with time the cost would come down and more and more people would be able to afford it, then the truly needy could be helped by private charity.
All we have to do is let go of the idea of instant equality and the coercive wealth redistribution which follows from that ideal, and then let innovators, profit and value seekers do the rest.