Eight long-term paraplegic patients have defeated the odds and regained some movement in their legs after ‘training’ using VR headsets and a robotic exoskeleton.

The breakthrough also saw some of the patients have regaining sensation in their legs after the one-year programme in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

The regime involved training patients to control the legs of a virtual avatar via an electronic skull cap, while using an Oculus Rift headset.

The researchers believe that the training may be reawakening the brain’s control over surviving nerves in the spine.

Read more: http://metro.co.uk/2016/08/15/paralysed-patients-walk-again-after-virtual-reality-robot-breakthrough-6067928/