Paralyzed woman takes home ReWalk power legs

Claire Lomas lost the use of her legs after colliding with a tree while horseback riding. ReWalk lets her get around now.

(Credit:
Argo Medical Technologies)

Power suits are getting more commonplace. A paralyzed British woman has become the first person to take home a robotic exoskeleton that helped her walk the London Marathon earlier this year.

Claire Lomas, who finished the 26.2-mile race over 17 days, is setting the pace for home use of the ReWalk at home, according to Israeli maker Argo Medical Technologies.

The 32-year-old mother was paralyzed from the chest down after a 2007 horseback riding accident, but the motorized legs allow her to stand, climb and descend stairs, and walk around independently.

“I am very excited to take the ReWalk home and incorporate it in my daily life,” Lomas was quoted as saying in a press release. “With the help of the ReWalk I am able to stand, walk, talk to my friends and family eye-to-eye, and exercise in a ways that I have not been able to since my injury.”

The product became available to consumers in the EU this week. While ReWalk can now be taken home in Europe, the FDA has only approved it for use… [Read more]

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