Army Sergeant Dan Rose using the exoskeleton(Photo: DENVER NEWS)
DENVER NEWS – The Veteran Association’s Eastern Colorado Health Care System received a donated state-of-the-art exoskeleton that
helps injured veterans walk on Wednesday.
Soldier Strong, a nonprofit group that provides advanced medical technology to veterans, donated the exoskeleton. The device, manufactured by Ekso Bionics, is a wearable robotic suit with smart software and works to help patients with weakness in their lower body. The technology helps patients who have suffered brain or spinal cord injuries to stand and walk during rehabilitation.
Army Sergeant Dan Rose was injured in a roadside bomb in April 2011 while serving in Afghanistan and has used the exoskeleton to regain the ability to walk. Rose lost all movement from his chest down in the bombing and uses a wheelchair.
“You kind of get used to sitting in your chair all the time. To be able to stand up and look across the room again is probably the hugest impact it has. It’s a powerful experience for the first time,” Sergeant Rose said.
The device will help researchers at VA’s ECHCS study innovative treatment options for traumatic brain injuries. This is the tenth exoskeleton donated to VA medical Centers.
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