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Paralysis affects millions of people, greatly impacting their lives. Causes of paralysis range from stroke and cervical spine injuries to neurodegenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease).

In each of these conditions, the injury leaves the person unable to move without affecting their ability to think about moving.

This is true even for patients that become locked-in; in this tragic condition people can lose the ability to control all or nearly all muscles, being unable to move or speak or even make eye movements, while maintaining consciousness and cortical processing.

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