ReWalk Inspires New Hope for Paraplegics
Argo Medical Technologies is donating two “ReWalk” devices valued at $180,000 to the Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, CA, enabling paraplegic patients to walk again. Developed in Israel, the ReWalk system is an exoskeleton robot that employs motion sensors, electronic controls, computers and robotics to allow patients with lower-limb paralysis to stand and walk, and even climb stairs. Rancho is one of only four hospitals in the nation and the first hospital in the Western United States to acquire the ReWalk, and will be researching the device’s effectiveness while also using it in the rehabilitation of paraplegic patients.
The robotic exoskeleton is also currently being used by a paralyzed UK woman who has undertaken the mission of completing the London Marathon. Claire Lomas, who was paralyzed in a horse-riding accident in 2007, is the first person to attempt a marathon in a ReWalk suit and is more than halfway through the marathon. Lomas began the marathon on April 22 and is expected to complete it on May 8.
- Please click here for more information the ReWalk donation and here to learn about how it enabled Claire Lomas to participate in the London Marathon.
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