According to abclocal.go.com, paralyzed patients have hope to walk again with the help of new bionic suit. The suit is already giving back the use of his legs to one man, 27-year-old Aaron Bloom, who was paralyzed from the waist down in a July, 2010 accident.
In his own words, Aaron said “it’s really important that you just get up after something like that. I think that’s what’s most important.” Thanks to this new technology he can do just that: get up and walk again. Explaining how the experience made him feel, Aaron continued saying “mentally it’s a wonderful feeling to be upright and moving.”
Aaron has spent the last three months training on the “Ekso,” a ready-to-wear battery-powered bionic suit. The suit was originally designed to help soldiers carry heavy loads. Now it’s helping paralyzed patients bear their own weight. In essence, while Aaron provides the balance and body position, the “Ekso” bionic suit does the rest.
Still amazed at the technology, Aaron stated: “I just started using this pro-step function yesterday so this is still pretty awesome, in my mind.”
For other spinal cord injury patients, the dreams go further as they watch in awe Aaron operate the suit. For example, Lupe Meza, 47, who became paralyzed after a cliff-jumping accident, dreams of being able to dance with the suit.
Very Expensive Proposition
Although the suit is only available for use a rehab centers, Michael Parkinson, a physical therapist at Huntington Hospital in Southern California says that the short term goal is to get them ready for patient use at home. Mr. Parkinson continued saying that the suit will become ” lighter weight, it will be easier to get on and it will be custom made for them.”
However, as with any new technology, the suit is not cheap: for now the cost of the suit is $150,000.00 and its use in therapy is not covered by medical insurance. Hopefully insurance companies will change their mind and start covering the use of the suit, as rehabilitation specialists say it not only helps give patients the satisfaction of being able to move again but, in helping them do that, the suit helps them keep their bones strong.
For patients whose injury has been caused by someone else’s negligent actions, the only hope to get this kind of technology may rest with the lawyers of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, who have experienced in dealing with this kind of cases and may be able to help them recover the funds they need.
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The lawyers at Greenberg Stone and Urbano have more than 100 years of combined experience helping victims of spinal cord injuries resulting from car accidents, motorcycle accidents, tractor-trailer accidents, accidents at amusement parks or any other kind of accident caused by someone else’s negligence recover the compensation that may be owed to them.
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