With the advancements of today’s technology, just about anything is possible! And that includes granting a paralyzed man another chance to walk.
Simon Kindleysides, age 31, has been a wheelchair user since April 2013. He was diagnosed with Functional Neurological Disorder or Deficit (FND), a condition where the brain is not able to send and receive signals properly, resulting in several motor or sensory symptoms that include:
- Weakness of a limb or sometimes the entire body
- Paralysis of a limb or the entire body
- Disturbance or loss of sensation
- Loss or impairment of speech
- Gait problems
- Myoclonus (a brief, involuntary twitching of a muscle or group of muscles)
It has already been two years since Simon lost all sensation and movement from the waist down. But he has always been hopeful that he will be able to walk again. And he was not mistaken.
A new technology that gives individuals the hope of walking again has just been introduced. The high tech robotic walking device, which is known as the Rex robotic suit, is a self-supporting, hands-free, independently controlled suit that allows the users to stand and walk on their own.
The makers of the robotic suit, the Rex Bionics Group, designed the device to give people who use wheelchairs another chance to walk upright. The £90,-000 robotic walking device enables the user to walk without assistance, sit, stand and turn independently. With the suit, the user is protected against complications of sitting still for long or extended periods of time, like pressure sores.
Simon, who tried on the new robotic suit, took his first few steps after two years. He was ecstatic at the thought of being able to walk again. He could not believe that he was chosen to test the robotic legs. He was extremely glad for the rare opportunity and was grateful he was able to feel 6 feet tall again.
With this new robotic suit, wheelchair users have the option to walk again.