Robot Exoskeleton Helps Man Walk Again

Posted on: 10:31 am, November 12, 2012, by , updated on: 07:30pm, November 12, 2012

(WHNT) – After a terrible accident, a Connecticut man thought he’d never be able to walk – to lead a normal life – again. Now, with the help of some cutting-edge technology, he’s taking some miraculous first steps.

Mike Loura was paralyzed after he was hit by a car riding his bike – while training for an Ironman competition four years ago.

“Ever since the accident all the doctors said you’re never going to walk again,” Loura said.

Now, the husband and father of two little girls is walking again with help from a wearable robot – breakthrough technology – allowing him to balance and walk steadily.

“Every time I take a step I kinda have to balance myself in a certain position,” Loura explained, “[That allows the] machine to know that it’s ready to take the next step.”

According to the Ekso Bionics website, “The Ekso exoskeleton can be set to provide audio feedback when the user achieves the ideal lateral and forward shift required for a step. Training mode is used to determine the ideal weight shift targets for a suer that is preparing to progress to ProStep.”

Look for Michelle Stark’s full report on this remarkable story on WHNT News 19 at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12th.