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.

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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.

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

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