Washington, Sep 12 (ANI): The world's first patient to have been implanted with the smallest ever neurostimulator for chronic pain is celebrating the one-year anniversary of his procedure today.
One year ago, former U.S. Army parachutist Adam Hammond became the first patient in the world to have been implanted with an Eon Mini neurostimulator.
Adam got the chronic pain after a skydiving accident when his parachute deployed incorrectly, leaving him in a coma with life-threatening injuries, including a severed spine, broken femur, fractured pelvic bone, and torn aorta.
Although Adam recovered from his accident, he battled chronic pain that left him dependent on a wheelchair.
But, today, the picture has completely changed and Adam is active and exercising, studying for his law degree and no longer in need of a wheelchair.
Adam also went to Washington, D.C., recently to meet with representatives and advocate for pain legislation.
However, Adam is not the only chronic pain sufferers who have been helped with neurostimulation, an FDA-approved therapy that uses electrical pulses to interrupt pain signals to the brain.
Over 60,000 St. Jude Medical neurostimulation devices have been implanted in patients in 35 countries around the world. (ANI)