The ReWalk is a revolutionary exoskeleton that enables paraplegics to stand, walk, and even climb stairs. Designed by Argo Medical Technologies, the bionic suit enhances simple body movements in order to produce life-changing results. We have covered the ReWalk exoskeleton before, but this week Argo Medical Technologies and Cyclone Technologies announced that Claire Lomas has become the first person to take home an exoskeleton system for personal use!
32 year-old paraplegic Claire is from Leicestershire and was injured in 2007 during a horse riding accident which left her paralyzed from the chest down. In 2012, she made a significant milestone when she became the first person in the world to complete the London Marathon in a bionic suit, raising more than £200,000 for spine injury research. Most recently, Claire was chosen to light the celebration cauldron in Trafalgar Square to kick-off the 2012 Paralympics in London.
Claire demonstrated her personal ReWalk at the annual International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS) meeting held at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Center. Speaking to the press, she said: “I am very excited to take the ReWalk home and incorporate it in my daily life. With the help of the ReWalk I am able to stand, walk, talk to my friends and family eye-to-eye, and exercise in a ways that I have not been able to since my injury.”
Claire will now to be able to stand, ascend and descend stairs and walk indoors and outdoors independently and on a daily basis. She recently completed training at Cyclone’s rehabilitation and training center using a ReWalk model made specifically for institutional use.
Larry Jasinski, CEO of Argo Medical Technologies, said of Claire’s achievement: “Years of research and hard work from a very talented team of engineers has made this product possible. We’re looking forward to seeing Claire build on her accomplishments alongside the Cyclone team, whose training is such a key component in ensuring that users get the most from the device. We are officially launching the ReWalk personal use system in the EU with this start in the UK. It’s our aim to get as many individuals as possible walking again, and the launch of the ReWalk will allow customers to use the technology for a range of activities. It truly is the beginning of Rewalking as a part of daily life.”
Click below to watch Claire Lomas complete the London Marathon using the ReWalk.
Images: Argo Medical Technologies