He terminated the monkey's life after post 9hrs. Saw video from a 1970's attempt - it was managing to grasp a straw in its mouth, have slow eye gaze/movement .. nothing else. Seemed paralyzed.

I read that he did not attempt the spinal cord connection at this time just to prove that the rest could be patched and functional.

The only thing this guy drums up is publicity of the need for a real treatment for paralysis ... so I don't mind that he's in the news. In that end, perhaps he'll be a pioneer, or a small piece of the puzzle.