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Bionic Suit may Help Paralyzed Patients

by Kathy Jones on  December 24, 2012 at 8:42 PM News on IT in Healthcare   - G J E 4
A bionic suit originally developed for military use has been found to be very useful for paralyzed patients as a number of patients at Huntington Memorial Hospital in California have started to walk again.
 Bionic Suit may Help Paralyzed Patients
Bionic Suit may Help Paralyzed Patients
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The Ekso Bionic Suit costs over $150,000 and was developed to help the military to carry large loads. The suit, which weighs around 45 pounds and is worn over a person's clothes, detects the wearer's center of gravity thanks to foot plate sensors and helps them walk despite their problems.

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Says Andy Bloom, who took his first steps in over two years thanks to the suit, "Mentally it's a wonderful feeling to be upright and moving. Right now, I don't really need anybody holding me. I can lift my hands up and put a little weight on these crutches and feel pretty comfortable. I have no doubt in my lifetime that there will be some sort of solution for spinal cord injuries. I firmly believe that I will be able to walk in the future. It's just a matter of time."


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