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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Stimulator for General

MOSCOW ( -- A Russian general lying in a coma three months after a bomb attack in rebel Chechnya has had a tiny device implanted in his spinal cord by a top Japanese surgeon in an effort to stimulate his injured brain.

"The Japanese professors think we could see an improvement by spring," Yury Shchigelev, who heads the brain injuries department of Burdenko military hospital and helped with the operation, told Independent NTV television news.

The electronic device inserted Wednesday into the neck of Russia's former top commander in Chechnya, Anatoly Romanov, sends impulses to the brain and costs tens of thousands of dollars. The device could go on helping the patient for up to three years and had proved 40 percent successful in 150 attempts in Japan, the doctor said.