According to the Telegraph, the Bionic Leg has been used to help stroke patients learn to walk again, and allowed horse riders who were paralyzed in falls get their strength back and control their movements. One example is Katie Watson, a 19-year-old British jockey who was nearly paralyzed in a car accident. Watson used the Bionic Leg to make a swift recovery to the point that she can now walk unaided and even ride a horse. “It’s absolutely amazing,” she told the Express. “The leg has helped me so much. I would wear it every day for half an hour and its effects would carry over. At first I used a walking frame, two sticks, then one stick and now I can walk unaided. Four weeks ago I got back on a horse and I want to get back to race riding again.”
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How does it work? When a person wearing the device is walking normally, it lets the leg swing freely and when the time comes to sit or take some stairs, the sensors and robotics in the device activate to provide support for a controlled descent or ascent. It also provides support for standing.
Via The Telegraph and The Express
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