[Video] Wheelchair user walks in Cork thanks to EksoSkeleton

1st March 2014, Saturday
By Bryan T. Smyth

A device that allows wheelchair users to walk has been demonstrated in Cork.

More than 300 stroke survivors, doctors, therapists and allied health
professionals and students attended a Conference in Cork on Rehabilitation and Recovery from
Stoke yesterday (Friday)

Organised by Saint Finbarr’s Hospital Stroke Rehabilitation Unit and Cork Stroke Support group it took place in the Maryborough Hotel, Douglas.

There were also exhibitors showing off medical devices that can assist recovery.

One Company, called RollingBall has demonstrated the “EksoSkeleton” device which it distrubutes in Ireland. Costing about 70-thousand euro it can be used in therapy to allow wheelchair users to walk.

EksoSkeleton was demonstrated by wheelchair user Dale Messenger. The device is not a replacement for a wheelchair, but used in therapy
it can allow many wheelchair users to experience “walking” again, and has benefits for muscles.


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