A robotic exoskeleton that helps paralyzed people walk again has won Food and Drug Administration approval, meaning anyone can buy one. “For the first time individuals with paraplegia will be able to take home this exoskeleton technology, use it every day and maximize on the physiological and psychological benefits we have observed in clinical trials,” said Larry Jasinski, CEO of Argo Medical Technologies, which makes the suit.
“It will be incredible for me to regain independence, to use the system to walk and stand on my own,” said Derek Herrera, a Marine captain who’s getting one. “I see this as a milestone for people in my same situation who will now have access to this technology — to experience walking again, and all of the health benefits that come with ReWalking.” Studies show not only does the device help patients walk on their own, but they regain muscle strength, stamina and other benefits.
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