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The Miracles of Science

September 30, 2011

And the Deaf Shall Hear

29-year-old Sloan Churman was born deaf. She has worn hearing aids since she was two, “but hearing aids only help so much.”

Eight weeks ago, she was fitted with an Esteem “hearing implant.” Here she is turning it on for the first time.

Then He Said to the Man, “Stretch Out Your hand.”

An Austrian man decides to trade in his non-functioning left hand for a bionic one.

In this video, he uses the new hand to tie shoes and pour water from a bottle, and tests a prototype that gives him better wrist movement. And by ‘better’ wrist movement, he can spin his wrist 360 degrees!

Let the Skywalker jokes and analogies begin!

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UCLA’s first hand transplant patient adapting well to new hand. The 26-year-old from Yuba City, Calif., underwent transplant surgery at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, a 14-hour procedure that began just before midnight on March 4 and concluded at 2:30 p.m. the next day.”

Let’s not kid ourselves: it ain’t perfect… but pretty frickin’ cool nonetheless!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 30, 2011 12:07 pm

    My wife’s cousin had cochlear implants when she was little and they said when she heard for the first time it was an unforgettable moment. And I managed to fight back the tears for the lady who heard, but it worked on me!

  2. October 1, 2011 7:31 pm

    to me, this is more miraculous than any ‘pick up your mat and walk’ miracle. for one, we have evidence of it. two, we can understand how it works, yet it is miraculous and emotional and life changing for the one being healed. what used to be legend is now science.

  3. 4xi0m permalink
    October 4, 2011 7:00 am

    Thanks for this. Suddenly grad school seems a bit more worthwhile.

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