A new implant targetinghas restored one man’s ability to walk after 25 years of suffering from the disease, according to a study published in the journal Nature Medicine on Monday.
Marc Gauthier, 63, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at age 36 and experienced decreased locomotive functioning as the illness progressed. With help from the experimental, surgically implanted device, he is now able to walk over three miles without stopping, according to the study.
“Getting into an elevator … sounds simple. For me, before, it was impossible,” Gauthier said in an interview with NeuroRestore, a Swiss research and treatment center that works to restore neurological functions. “I was skating, I was freezing. Now … I have no problem,” he added.
Parkinson’s is a brain disorder that results in. Roughly 90% of patients with advanced Parkinson’s disease experience what the study calls “locomotor deficits,” which impact the ability to walk freely. Though there is currently no known cure for Parkinson’s, it is becoming increasingly treatable.