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New medical device may give paralyzed patients the chance to walk again

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A new medical device may give paralyzed patients the chance to walk again.

It's an exoskeleton called Rewalk, which uses an array of motion sensors to detect any slight upper body movements, which then trigger the patient's motorized joints to move. But it's not magic. The makers of Rewalk say this is truly a combination of man and machine.

"It's a man-machine interface. It's not a device taking a person for a ride, it's how they interact together, "said Phillip Astrachan with Argo Medical Technologies.

"At first it was overwhelming. The biggest thing, I can stand up and look at you and talk to you like this," said Michael Gore, a paraplegic patient.

"Once I started taking steps it was hard to control my emotions and then I never want to take it off," said paraplegic patient Gene Laureano.  

The device is still under study in this country, although it's being used as a personal device in a few European homes. One hurdle, and it's a big one, they cost $60,000, but the promise to many, that this is a reality in some homes already, well, that's priceless.

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