Bionic exoskeleton allows paralyzed patients to walk again
Dr. Marc Siegel explains how
- Duration 3:26
- Date Dec 28, 2012
Dr. Marc Siegel explains how
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You -- -- it is 52 minutes past the hour it's like a real life Iron Man and -- -- skeleton robot is now being used to create a medical miracle.
Helping the paralyzed walk again doctor Marc Siegel went to not -- -- to -- out.
Did you ever think you'd be able couldn't.
No but in my mind I always told myself that I -- Even with a thousand doctors sometimes.
As just told myself and our own my son -- remind me.
So I know -- -- -- Medically team's doctor Marc Siegel is here so doctor this is the most incredible.
And watching that video gives me chills.
But you got to hang out this guy his name is Manning tells little bit about him.
Can you imagine -- he's saying that -- -- one day he's in his wheelchair one day he's lying there the next day with the help of this robot he's able.
For the first time in years to look someone in the he -- being able to stand -- level with someone with so euphoric for him he was just all smiles after that.
It helped him psychologically it's helped him medically.
It improves muscle tone and improves his bones as circulation everything about him is is improving as hell -- what exactly is this this contraption.
Was it Julia this is a robot it's an -- -- skeleton was developed by the military to help soldiers go a long distance and carry weight on their back.
But the rehabilitation medicine people got ahold of and said hey we can use this to help paralyzed people walk again it's 48 pounds.
It's computer driven it's -- motors it's initiated by our movement so many can move his arms and then his legs move.
-- street issue like strapped into elect into a space suit that's whether echoing an Iron Man.
Doctor -- -- was the head of the division of mount Sinai calls -- -- game changer.
He says it takes the place of nerve growth factors we use in modern technology now he says -- let's take a listen.
Is going to be the breakthrough will allow them to beat back on the feet walkabout.
And and perhaps -- a lot stronger than we we'll see.
The missiles from around the biology -- -- cellular based researcher and then there -- laboratories across the world.
So who does this who would this be available for.
-- -- right now only in rehab facilities thirty cup hospitals across the country it's expensive a 10240000.
Dollars but we expect that as more and more these -- made.
And more as the technology improves it'll be cheaper in the next couple years it's going to be used in your home.
You've got to be able use this instead -- wheelchairs and many situations to help you get around very exciting stuff.
Now -- he spent some time with Manny he talked about the first time that he actually was able to walk you know quote -- again.
Tell us what he said his reaction.
Once he said it's just like walk it I said isn't this you know not exactly like walking he said it feels like walking I mean -- he can't feel his legs.
But the sensation was like you walk to get in the computer actually programs.
So that it has his game down so he's -- wow walking the -- he -- -- -- he was he crying as he he was laughing he was smiling he said he he wants to be able use it at work he still works even though is paralyzed he wants to be able to get to work.
He'll be able to do tasks he wouldn't be able to do before.
This is a miracle for the holiday season and -- really going to be mad at Madison 2013.
Are right keep us updated on that it's great that there's actually -- great seeing you as always our.
You look great.
Think you do through.