Christopher Reeve’s son, Will Reeve witnessed the miracle of a man who had been paralyzed for a decade being able to walk again. Understandably, he cannot help but think of his dad, who spent the last decade of his life advocating for more research on spinal injuries leading to paralysis.
Keep reading to learn more about what happened.
Christopher Reeve’s son Will Reeve is all grown up. The 30-year-old is now a news correspondent for ABC News and Good Morning America. As a journalist, he recently got to detail a wonderfully moving story about a man who walked again after being paralyzed for a decade.
The major breakthrough which allowed the man to walk again involved artificial intelligence, which allowed for his brain to reconnect to his spinal cord.
The breakthrough is described as a “digital bridge” between the man’s brain and spine bypasses the injuries and allows him to turn his thoughts into actions.
On Thursday, Will shared how he thought his father would have felt about this advancement in technology which allowed for the man to be able to walk again.
Will’s father, Christopher Reeve, who famously played Superman, was in an accident on On May 27, 1995, which resulted In an injury that paralyzed him from the shoulders down. The actor was thrown off a horse during an equestrian competition in Culpeper, Virginia.
The actor had to use a wheelchair and ventilator for the rest of his life. He died on October 10, 2004, at the age of 52. In the last 9 years of his life, he helped advance spinal injury research.
“If I could be a proud son for a moment, you can draw a straight line from his advocacy bringing so much attention and money to research trying to find cures to developments like today,” Will said in an emotional statement. “I wish he were here for a million reasons, many of them personal. But, also, he would be the first in line to sign up for this procedure. …He would be thrilled today. This is a huge moment in the community.”
GMA‘s Michael Strahan added in order to comfort Will, “He’s here in ways you don’t realize.”
This must be such an emotional moment for Will Reeve to see the advancement made today, which is in part thanks to the advocacy work his father did in the last years of his life.
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