Neuralink’s First Human Patient Shares His Transformative Experience with Brain Implant

Noland Arbaugh, Neuralink's first human patient, discusses his experience before and after the brain implant surgery.

  • Noland Arbaugh, Neuralink’s first human patient, discusses his experience before and after the brain implant surgery.
  • Arbaugh faced initial challenges but found the implant transformative in managing his quadriplegia.
  • Despite setbacks, the implant has improved Arbaugh’s ability to interact online and gain new skills.

Noland Arbaugh, Neuralink’s first human patient, recently shared his journey with the brain implant. After a 2016 spinal cord injury left him quadriplegic, Arbaugh underwent brain-chip surgery in January, driven by faith and trust in the medical team. Despite the risks, including potential brain damage, Arbaugh felt at peace with his decision.

Post-surgery, Arbaugh faced challenges such as the implant’s wires retracting due to unexpected brain movement. Initially disheartened, he bounced back, finding the implant life-changing. It has enhanced his ability to communicate on social media, play fantasy sports, and even learn Japanese. Arbaugh highlighted how the implant restored his sense of control and purpose, significantly improving his daily life and interactions.