Magazine article VFW Magazine

Paralyzed Vets Offered Robotic Legs

Magazine article VFW Magazine

Paralyzed Vets Offered Robotic Legs

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VA agreed last December to pay for robotic exoskeletons that can allow paralyzed veterans to walk on their own. The $77,000 devices were approved for home use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2014.

"The research support and effort to provide eligible veterans with paralysis an exoskeleton for home use is a historic move on the part of VA because it represents a paradigm shift in the approach to rehabilitation for persons with paralysis," VA Dr. Ann Spungen, who led the research on the devices, told the Associated Press.

Some 42,000 U.S. veterans have a spinal cord injury or disease. But the company that makes the exoskeletons, ReWalk Robotics, which has ofOces in Massachusetts, Germany and Israel, says it has identiOed only 45 paralyzed veterans who meet requirements for use. …

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