An Army vet who's been paralyzed from the waist down since the Vietnam era has a new lease on life. Thanks to a special suit that enables her to walk. Theresa Hannigan was one of a few to join this research project a year ago. Now, the "Re-Walk Rehabilitation System" is cleared for use at rehab centers.
The suit she wears is an exoskeleton that allows paraplegics to walk. It's unique because the patient's body tells the device what to do. "My foot clears the floor, I shift the weight as soon as I shift the weight it cycles my leg to go forward again," says Hannigan.
She says for her, the Re-Walk means independence. A push of a button can even take her up or down stairs. So now, tasks that were impossible before are possible again. But right now, it's only available to rehab centers. A personal version is still awaiting approval.
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