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Bioness hand rehabilitation technology - Good Morning America segment: full version

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Bioness technology was featured on a Good Morning America segment. View full segment here.

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Bioness, H200, Good Morning America, hand paralysis, stroke, stroke rehab, stroke rehabilitation, stroke treatment, hand rehab, hand rehabilitation, hand treatment, hand therapy, central nervous system, CNS

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OPENING SLIDES

GOOD MORNING AMERICA

MEDICAL MIRACLE

NARRATOR

And watch the swing. It’s medicine on the cutting edge. A young stroke patient gets a new lease on everything.

And could this device change the face of stroke victims, help them speak again? It is medicine.

ON THE CUTTING EDGE

HOST

Also this morning, our series, the Cutting Edge takes a look at simple little gadgets, but they’re not so simple. They’re really making a lot of breakthrough for people who’ve suffered strokes at various ages. Learning how to speak again, even swing a golf club again. It’s a medical breakthrough that we really want to show you later this morning.

And now for The Cutting Edge, our series on the latest advances in modern medicine. It takes seconds for stroke to destroy the millions of brain cells you need to speak, to move, to lead life as you know it. And, it strikes someone every 45 seconds and at all ages. But this morning, new hope for those on the road to recovery.

Our brain is our command center. Thoughts. Language. Movement. Billions and billions of synapses working together. But, one tiny clot stops it cold, shutting down vital blood flow and causing brain cells to die.

MRS. DOYLE

How are you?

HOST

For the millions who suffer from stroke, there is hope in surprising places.

MRS. DOYLE

I still love him dearly, and we’re, we’re in it for the long haul together.

HOST

The Doyle family was badly in need of hope six years ago when Shaun, an active, driven vice president of sales suffered a stroke at only 46.

MRS. DOYLE

He was paralyzed totally on his right side, so we’ve come a long, long way.

SHAUN DOYLE 6 years post-stroke

Good to see you.

THERAPIST

Good to see you!

HOST

Speech is still a problem. Shaun understands everything, but learning to get the words out has been difficult.

SHAUN

Ladder. Ladder. Ladder.

HOST

But he’s gotten some help from this device called an electromagnetic articulograph. Here is how it works. The helmet around his head creates a magnetic field. That along with sensors on the tongue allow…

WILLIAM KATZ, MD, UT-Dallas Ctr for COMM Disorders

…we’ve attached a sensor…

HOST

…the patient to see their own tongue movements on a computer screen in real time and adjust those movements until they make the correct sounds.

WILLIAM KATZ, MD, UT-Dallas Ctr for COMM Disorders

Let’s do powder again.

SHAUN

Powder. Powder. Powder.

HOST

X marks the spot where the tongue must hit.

WILLIAM KATZ, MD, UT-Dallas Ctr for COMM Disorders

What we can have him do is hit the bulls-eye, the exact place of articulation in his mouth he’s supposed to hit to make the sounds correctly.

HOST

The device has only been tested on a handful of patients so far.

SHAUN

Glisten. Glisten. Glisten.

HOST

But even in these early stages of research, it has given the Doyle family an incredible gift.

MRS. DOYLE

Our daughter’s name is Kristen. And after the stroke, he would always say Crispin, Crispin. He couldn’t say the “t.” After working on this, he could say Kristen again. And, I know that that is little bitty, but it’s a big deal.

SHAUN

Kristin. Kristin.

HOST

Joe Breiner understands all too well the difficulty of recovering from a stroke. He was stricken when he was just six years old. The stroke left the muscles in his right arm tightly curled and awkwardly sticking out to the side, making the arm unusable.

We know kids can be tough on one another.

JOE BREINER stroke at six years old

I would very often run and my right arm would go up like this. Kids in the neighborhood would call me the waiter.

HOST

He thought he was beyond help until he met Dr. John McGuire.

JOHN MCUIRE, MD, Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin

You know we didn’t have these when Joe had his stroke. If we had had these, if we were able to do this stuff when he had his stroke, I bet he’d be able to do a lot more than he’s doing now.

HOST

Joe’s problem was twofold, so the solution was twofold, as well. First, the low-tech Botox injections, that’s right, Botox injected every three months deep into the muscle tissue in his legs and arm to relax the muscles. Then, a hand rehabilitation system called the Bioness H200, a device that electrically stimulates the muscles of the hand so it’s retrained to open and to close.

THERAPIST

Push into my hand.

HOST

The results are amazing!

THERAPIST

Good. Excellent.

HOST

Especially to his kids.

JOE

Oh, my gosh! I can push them on the swing. I can give them hugs. I can play games with them, a little bit easier than it was in the past.

JOE’S WIFE

It strengthened us, and it strengthened our family. Our children…he could swing them around with both hands and things like that.

HOST

And what do doctors telling you going forward?

JOE

The sky’s the limit.

HOST

Just a few years ago, Joe couldn’t open his hand, better yet hold a golf club. But now, he has a new passion that he shared with me.

JOE

There. That’s a good swing. That’s a good swing.

HOST

Yeah! You’re on the green! The first one on the green!

JOE

I’m on the green.

HOST

Give me a little bit of an opening, little bit of an opening…As you said, the sky is the limit.

JOE

The sky is the limit! The sky is the limit for all of us, and we just have to be willing to embrace that.

HOST

Yes, be willing to embrace that. And, at ABCNews.com you’ll find additional information on the stroke therapies that you saw that story.

XXX

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