Real life 'Iron Man'
Exoskeleton helps paralyzed patient walk
- Duration 3:57
- Date Dec 29, 2012
Exoskeleton helps paralyzed patient walk
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Great story gather around the TV is such a real life Iron Man take a look at your screen and -- -- skeleton that uses new technology to help paralyzed people walk again.
Doctor Mark Siegel went to mount Sinai to check it out.
Did you ever think you'd be able couldn't.
No but in my mind I always told myself that I well.
Even with a thousand doctors sometimes.
That's just told myself that I -- on my son to remind me.
So I know -- -- Joining us now from -- is -- team is that doctor doctor Marc Siegel -- to -- the morning when you get to see this in person.
There's a remarkable as it looks on and on camera.
It is really amazing it was event the by the military to help soldiers carry like 200 pounds long distances and in the Middle East.
And then the rehabilitation medicine people got ahold of it and it's 48 pounds some of them are actually less -- than that.
This one's 48 pounds it's got -- you'll love this it's -- computer chips in a backpack you Wear on your back.
It's cut motors that are on the knees and the hips and it's got clamps that clamp him into it now he says -- says it feels like he's walking again has that's incision is walking.
Uses his previous walking patterns that could initiate the sequence that's just like walking and he uses his arms to push forward.
And in many and then the lay eggs start walking there's of computer console that's directed either by a nurse or by him and I think that when he goes home.
In the future.
The rehabilitation facilities will train you to be able use it at home we spoke to -- -- -- as well.
For Mount Sinai Medical Center who says there's gonna come a time when you're going to be able initiate this just by thoughts.
Let's hear what he has to -- Technology.
Is going to be the breakthrough that will allow them to be back on the feet walkabout.
And and perhaps -- a lot stronger than we will see.
The missiles from the biology cellular based researcher in the from the various laboratories across the world.
And earlier this year I was -- the southwest SXSW conference and I tested the same as British -- you put over your head.
It just with your thoughts was able to control moving skateboard people and that's not real I'm telling -- it was so we're not that far off from that and that's what Greg Larson thinks -- you must be so happy to hear this that he says look all this time and growth factors and chemicals.
And it's actually technology and a Clinton this is a 140000.
Dollars this thing so it's very expensive -- insurance cover that what I saw this price tag I thought well.
That's a Steve that's a steep -- look here's the answer to that it depends on the -- I think that this is useful for just about every paralyzed patient who has to use a wheelchair.
Also may be useful and strokes so if it actually helps you.
To get up and walk again it'll decrease your risk of blood clots in your legs it'll help strengthen your -- he won't be able to use them to walk on your own.
But it's much better medically it's better for your bones it's better for your circulation if Europe and around you'll have much less medical complications.
An insurance to justify what that over time it's going to get less expensive and and it makes sense and and that's the thing that stood out to me is that maybe the insurance companies will see it as somehow preventative because if you're not in the wheelchair less likely to get the blood clots.
Less costs to them down the line.
He said the euphoria of the first time he was able to look eye to eye with someone.
After many years of being flat out or in a wheelchair he said he changed his mood dramatically.
One last thing because you said that the and it needed to -- to control that the system can -- control of his own hands -- right now they're still working -- it's a great question they're actually studying in -- in mount -- with a -- doing -- but actually there's another protocol with -- -- doing -- it's easy for the patient to control it is not that -- the current.
Technology will allow the patient to do -- themselves -- Great stuff doctor Marc Siegel we appreciate you bring -- we're going -- the technological world class great.
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