Philadelphia Rehab Facility Debuts New Technology That Allows Paralysis Patients To Walk

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Good Shepherd Penn Partners demonstrated the Ekso Bionic Exoskeleton, which is a lightweight robot allowing lower extremity paralysis patients to stand and walk.

On Thursday morning, the gadget was presented during a training session for physical therapists and patients where six patients gained early access to the equipment.

This gave some patients the opportunity to walk for the first time in many years.

The ready-to-wear, battery-powered Ekso bionic exoskeleton is strapped over a patients clothing and operated by a physical therapist using a controller.

Good Shepherd Penn Partners is the first facility in the Philadelphia region to offer this technology.

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