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Bronx VA Doctor Uses Exoskeletons to Help Paraplegics Walk Again

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ParaplegicsDr. Ann Spungen, a research doctor at the Bronx VA Hospital is “turning paralyzed vets into Iron Man,” according to an article in the New York Daily News. This doctor is helping paraplegics walk again using a robotic exoskeleton called the “ReWalk.” The Iron Man analogy is not an exaggeration. Spungen is using a bionic suit to give wounded warriors and others who have suffered spinal cord injuries, a shot at walking once again. The ReWalk, which was the brainchild of Israeli scientist Amit Goffer, not only enables paraplegics to stand, but also walk and climb stairs. Goffer himself was paralyzed in a 1997 accident.

Technology of the Future

It was in 2010 that Goffer first visited Spungen at the Bronx VA’s Spinal Cord Damage Research Center to demonstrate his invention. Spungen said she was skeptical at first, but had to wonder about its efficacy after seeing a paralyzed man walk up and down the hospital’s hallways. She says she understood then that this is the technology of the future.

The ReWalk costs $60,000 a piece and has been a life-changing device for nine men and women who have been involved in the study to date. Among the participants were an architect who was rendered paraplegic after a construction crane dropped a large load on a trailer near Ground Zero and an Army veteran who suffered a spinal cord injury after a ladder fall. In addition to becoming mobile, participants found that their circulation, muscle control and digestion were improving. The device is being studied by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure that it is safe for home use.

New Hope for Spinal Cord Injury Victims

This invention offers new hope for victims of spinal cord injuries who have been rendered paraplegic. According to a recent survey by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, paralysis affects 1.9 percent of the U.S. population. Spinal cord injury, one cause of paralysis, which was studied as part of the survey, is more common. About 1.3 million people in the United States are affected by these injuries, which is more than five times the number estimated in 2007.

Compensation for Victims

Individuals who have been paralyzed or have been rendered paraplegic or quadriplegic due to someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, can seek compensation from the at-fault parties for their losses. Victims can claim compensation for damages including, but not limited to medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disability, loss of livelihood, past and future pain and suffering, etc.

If you or a loved one has been injured or if you have lost a loved one as a result of someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, the experienced personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options. Our law firm recently obtained a $5,600,000 settlement out of a $6 million auto insurance policy for an injured bicyclist who was struck by a van.

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Source: New York Daily News

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