LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) – Many assume a child with a spinal cord injury will never walk again but researchers at the University of Louisville are working to change that.
Researchers have learned the spinal cord can read, process and respond to information just like the brain does.
Using that knowledge, researchers and therapists are working with both children and adults to stimulate the spinal cord through what they call locomotor training.
They want to help the spinal cord do things the brain does for people who aren't paralyzed: how to walk, go to the bathroom, and use other lower body functions.
Emmalie's mother said seeing her daughter's progress makes her hopeful that Emmalie may be able to walk in her lifetime.