December 10, 2013
CNN has a video out today on this amazing new technology for paraplegics.
It is a miraculous robotic exoskeleton called the ReWalk by Argo Medical Technologies in Israel.
The inventor, Dr. Amit Goffer, is himself quadriplegic and asked a simple question, "Why is a wheelchair the only answer for those with spinal injuries?"
He challenged the status quo and now there is a way for paralyzed people to stand and walk again.
I choose this video for the blog, because I found it so immensely inspiring to see someone previously wheelchair-bound participating in a marathon in Tel Aviv this year.
The ReWalk is strapped on and has motorized joints and sensors and a battery pack.
When combined with some braces, a person has mobility again on their feet!
I cried when I saw the patient, Radi Kaiuf go over the finish line after walking 10 kilometers with the ReWalk and everyone, including the children on the sidelines, cheering for him.
Congratulation to all the researchers from the Technion University who helped make this a reality--hopefully people around the world, who are in are in need, will be able to benefit in the future and walk again.
Truly, mobility is life! ;-)