An Air Force pilot who has been paralysed from the chest down since 2002 has been able to walk with the help of a special suit.
Lt. Ian James Brown, from New Jersey, is the first military man to test the specially-fitted exoskeleton suit called the ReWalk.
He said: ‘The first time I saw myself walk on video, I said, “Wow”.’
Mr Brown became a paraplegic after a motorcycle accident in 2002 as he was driving back to Hanscom Air Force base in Bedford, Massachusetts.
Investigational Studies and Introduction of New Wearable Robot for Wheelchair Users
BERKELEY, CA, June 7, 2011 — Berkeley Bionics – developer and maker of exoskeletons that augment human strength, endurance and mobility – today announced its partnership with ten of the nation’s top physical rehabilitation centers. The program will focus on eLEGS, a wearable robot that powers wheelchair users up to get them standing and walking. It will entail reciprocal information sharing and learning, and the definition of clinical protocols, as the company prepares to introduce eLEGS to the market in early 2012. The charter hospitals will also become the first eLEGS Centers in the world, conducting ongoing research, and offering the device for the rehabilitation of their patients.