Bill Kochevar’s lasting legacy will be his selfless commitment to helping others with quadriplegia regain control over their limbs.
Bill Kochevar had a saying. He repeated it frequently to those around him and in media interviews when his story began to make headlines worldwide.
“Somebody has to do the research,” he’d say.
Yet Kochevar wasn’t a doctor or scientist. Paralyzed from the shoulders down in a bicycling accident in 2006, the 56-year-old Clevelander became the first person in the world with quadriplegia to regain functional control of his arm and hand using technology implanted in his brain and limb.