ReWalk exoskeleton for paralyzed people entered the free market in the U.S.





After spinal cord injury in the world will be just a few phrases that can frustrate you even more than the phrase, “He / she would never walk again.” But thanks to technology, this phrase soon, quite possibly, will be much less pronounced. The fact that the bionic suit ReWalk , auxiliary exoskeleton, enabling people with serious back injuries to walk again, recently received full approval for sale Office for quality control of food and medicines USA (FDA).

“Innovative devices such as ReWalk, have come a long way to approval and the opportunity to help people with disorders and spinal cord injuries,” – said the director of the commission FDA Christy Foreman.

“Along with physical therapy, training and assistance from the carers of patients, people will be able to use these devices in order to walk again in their homes and society.”

Perhaps you remember the story of a British paralyzed Claire Lomas, who in 2012 took part in the marathon in one of the exoskeletons ReWalk, special motorized frame, controlled motion sensors and computers? And yet this system was invented in 1997 Amit Goffer, an Israeli engineer, who himself was paralyzed in an accident on an ATV.

Unfortunately, the suit is not suitable for use in all types of spinal injuries. Man as a minimum, you must use your arms and shoulders. For this reason, the creator of this exoskeleton can not use it. But thanks to its immodestly infinite humanity, a huge number of people in the world are people like Goffer, given the chance, which they themselves do not. One of the first people in the U.S. who receive ReWalk become a naval officer and captain Derek Herrera, a paraplegic. In order to use the exoskeleton he had received special training.

Perhaps the only drawback is its ReWalk very considerable price. Online exoskeleton will be offered for 69,500 dollars. However, the creators ReWalk trying to find support from the insurance companies.

«ReWalk is currently negotiating with insurers and other organizations to provide social assistance to the needy as much as possible in this exoskeleton people could afford it” – shared in an interview with the portal Gizmodo representative of the developer.

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