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Bionic Suit Helps Paralyzed Patients Walk Again

Science & Tech  (tags: medicine, bionics )

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Patients paralyzed by spinal cord injuries are taking their precious first steps at a Southern California hospital with the help of a battery-powered bionic suit that was first designed to help soldiers carry heavy loads.

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Judy sick C. (107)
Saturday December 22, 2012, 9:51 pm
haven't walked since a spinal cord injury in 1991. In my case, my hands don't work, but my arms and wrists do.

This contraption is better than straight leg braces with canes, but there's a lot more than just not walking involved with paralysis. This is nice, but a far cry from a solution. It would be fun to walk, and to be able, perhaps, to get in and out of a car, and not need to take a wheelchair along.

I always have some hope, tempered by a healthy dose of skepticism. Thanks for this article, Freya.

Judy sick C. (107)
Saturday December 22, 2012, 9:56 pm
Oops, typo. I meant to start with "I".

Rebecca S. (61)
Saturday December 22, 2012, 11:56 pm
Good to see. Hopefully one day we'll be able to reverse paralysis with stem cells and there won't be a need at all for these contraptions!

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 23, 2012, 6:47 am
That is fantastic.What a wonderful use of technology.If they go into mass production the price will go down and many people will be able to walk again.

Christeen Anderson (648)
Sunday December 23, 2012, 7:44 am
This is quite interesting. Thank you.

aj E. (164)
Sunday December 23, 2012, 11:34 am
wonderful idea.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Sunday December 23, 2012, 11:51 am
Just wait and see what they can do with nano.

LMj Recovering Sunshine (144)
Sunday December 23, 2012, 4:03 pm
Its hope, thank you for sharing.

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Sunday December 23, 2012, 6:58 pm
Cool :)

Robert O. (12)
Sunday December 23, 2012, 9:23 pm
Fascinating. Thanks Freya.

Tanya W. (65)
Monday December 24, 2012, 5:03 am
Hope is the essence of life that nourishes the soul and feeds the mind.....

Meta Reid (0)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 6:46 pm
Hooray for technology being used for a good cause and thanks to the techies that came up with this!
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