Bionic suit offers spinal cord injury patients help walking
December 28th, 2012 at 5:55 pm
LOS ANGELES (KABC) — A new bionic suit is helping paralyzed patients walk. It’s the first time this technology has been available in Southern California. It’s giving one man the use of his legs again.
A July 2010 accident left Aaron Bloom, 27, paralyzed from the waist down.
“It’s really important that you just get up after something like that. I think that’s what’s most important,” said Bloom.
And thanks to the latest in bionic technology, he does get up and walk.
“Mentally it’s a wonderful feeling to be upright and moving,” said Bloom.
For the last three months, he’s been training on the Ekso, a ready-to-wear battery-powered bionic suit. It was first designed to help soldiers carry heavy loads. Now it’s bearing a different weight. Aaron provides the balance and body position, the Ekso does the rest.
“I just started using this pro-step function yesterday so this is still pretty awesome, in my mind,” said Bloom.