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Bike Helps Victims Of Paralysis Get Some Mobility Back

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A diving accident left Chris Corsi paralyzed at 17 years old.

"I broke my neck so I'm a c7 quad," says Corsi. "… which means that I've lost a lot of finger dexterity and I don't really have any trunk control."

Chris spent three months in the hospital and is still recovering.

"It's affected everything (butted to) your whole life changes."

The FES Bike makes it less of a challenge.

"So its push, push, push, push like it's actually running the regular bike."

Electrodes deliver an electrical current to the muscles that don't voluntarily work anymore, to restore or improve their function.

"What we are trying to do with electrical stimulation is make new pathways or help reeducate that muscle to contract or to illicit muscle building," says physical therapist Christina Hall.

Hall works at Levine Children's Hospital, which just became the only pediatric facility in North Carolina to have the new equipment.

"Alright you ready?"

Hall says people with Muscular Sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and spinal cord injuries can benefit from the bike.

"To show families out there that have some type of neurological condition that this is an option and this is something they can use to better their child or family member."

Chris bikes about 30 minutes a day. 

It's not easy, but it helps him physically and his overall well–being.

"Many things have completely improved. It's helped a lot as far as building muscle goes."