This health video will focus on Bionic body parts. They were once the stuff of science fiction. Now they're science fact and they're helping the disabled in amazing ways.
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Dr. Dean Edell: Electrical worker Jesse Sullivan is overcoming an overwhelming obstacle. Jesse Sullivan: Back in 2001 I made contact with 7200 volts of electricity and it run in one arm and crossed my chest, went down the down other one, twice. I've lost my arms and it was hell. Dr. Dean Edell: Medical science helped Jesse become the first human implanted with a neuro-controlled bionic arm, one he can move as he would his flesh and blood arm with his mind. After the amputation doctors took four remaining nerve in Jesse’s arm and moved them to his chest muscles. Dr. Todd Kuiken: Now when the person thinks close hand, that muscle contracts and we use a signal from it to tell the hand to close. Dr. Dean Edell: And bionic technology is giving sight to some who are blind. Sherry Robertson went to Portugal for experimental surgery to help her see again. Sherry Robertson: What did I see over there? Dr. Dean Edell: A camera on the tip of Sherry’s glass sends signals to a computer she wears at her waist. The computer stimulates electrodes in her brain. Dr. Kenneth Smith: The brain is getting impulses just like when you and see. Dr. Dean Edell: Well, her eyesight is not the same as before Sherry hopes it will help her function more independently, giving her a new vision for the future. I am Dr. Dean Edell.
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