Man Cut in Half Lives to Walk Again

(LIFE IN THE FAST LANE)   With all surviving odds against him, Peng Shulin’s body was cut in half by a large transport truck in 1995, leaving his doctors shocked and amazed by his survival. Not only is it a miracle that he has lived to tell the tale, he’s now learning to walk again.

It took a team of more than 20 doctors working feverishly to save his life.

Peng Shulin, wearing new trainers, learning to walk again

Skin was grafted from his head to close his torso up, but his lower body could not be saved — leaving him to ‘stand’ a full 2 feet 6 inches (78 centimeters) in height.

After being bedridden for years, doctors in China didn’t have very much hope that he would ever be able to lead any form of a normal life again, reports Metro.

Peng began exercising his arms and building his strength up to carry out daily routine chores, empowering him to do things such as washing his face and brushing his teeth.

The bionic legs mimic the way Peng’s limbs would have worked

When doctors at the China Rehabilitation Research Center in Beijing found out about Peng’s quandary, they teamed together to devise a program to get him walking once more.

They came up with an ingenious way to allow him to walk on his own merit by creating a sophisticated ‘egg cup-like’ casing to hold his body with two bionic legs attached to it.

With the aid of his uniquely adapted legs and re-sized walking frame, Peng has been taking his first steps around the center.

Peng is thrilled with his device, and the opportunity it affords him to learn to walk again.

2 Responses to Man Cut in Half Lives to Walk Again

  • Now that is inspirational! This technology could benefit amputees and perhaps even be modified to assist diplegics or quadriplegics in being able to ambulate independently or with a greater degree of independence than traditional wheelchairs or power chairs allow. The interesting thing is, I wonder how it is that he controls the functions of the mechanical legs. I know I heard a few years ago about prosthetic limb technology that could be “hardwired” into the CNS to allow greater, almost normal functional control

  • “One morning I woke up and found my favorite pigeon, Julius, had died I was devastated and was gonna use his crate as my stickball bat to honor him. I left the crate on my stoop and went in to get something and I returned to see the sanitation man put the crate into the crusher. I rushed him and caught him flush on the temple with a titanic right hand he was out cold, convulsing on the floor like an infantile retard.

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