Health Matters: Helping People with Spinal Cord Injuries to Walk Again

By: Triston Sanders-Medical Anchor Email
By: Triston Sanders-Medical Anchor Email

June 1, 2011
New technology that could get people out of their wheelchairs and back to walking is taken for a spin at a California hospital.
The "e-legs" developed by Berkeley Bionics were unveiled at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.
The device allows patients with spinal cord injuries to stand and walk again.
Right now, controls are operated by a physical therapist.
It is hoped one day the person using them may be able to operate it by themselves.
The e-legs are being tested at ten hospitals around the country.
A Berkeley Bionics spokesperson says if all goes well they expect to mass produce the e-legs by 2013.


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