Paralyzed Woman Walks Marathon With Bionic Suit

Claire Lomas, paralyzed from the chest down, has completed the London Marathon, 16 days after it began. She was able to do it thanks to a ReWalk suit, which provides a motorized exoskeleton that allows the paralyzed to walk upright.

The suit has leg supports fitted with motorized hips and knees, a body harness, a backpack, and three hours of battery power. The user controls the lower body movement using crutches, while the unit’s backpack computer tells the legs went to take a step.

Here it is in action:

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  • victor

    Sweet! If they can program it to do the Cha Cha Slide at weddings, I am so totally there.

  • http://www.pjbaum.com PJ Baum

    What’s Claire got that the Hot’nTots don’t got? COURAGE!


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