Feeling Once Again: AI-powered brain implants restores mobility for paralyzed Long Island man


“It’s like a movie.”

That’s how Massapequa’s Keith Thomas described to Greater Long Island the groundbreaking surgery at Northwell Health’s Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research that has helped Thomas, a quadriplegic, regain sensations.

In 2020, Keith Thomas became paralyzed after a diving accident.

In March, he became the first person in the world to participate in a clinical trial that aims to restore sensation and even movement. The procedure involved implanting microchips into his brain and utilizing artificial intelligence algorithms to reestablish the connection between his brain and his body.

Watch to hear from Thomas, his doctors and see footage from the actual surgery.

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