A new video shows the moment a wheelchair-bound man walked for the first time in two years with the help of a robotic suit.
The footage shows 31-year-old Simon Kindleysides – an FND (Functional Neurological Disorder) sufferer – taking his first few steps using the ‘Rex’ robotic suit at the PhysioFunction centre in Northamptonshire, UK.
I have been in a wheelchair since April 2013 when I was diagnosed with FND (Functional Neurological Disorder) which basically means I have lost all feeling and movement from the waist down.
I was also diagnosed with a benign gloma brain tumour. I haven’t walked in over two years but thanks to PhysioFunction I was able to. I used The Rex robotic suit which enabled me to walk, shuffle, turn and sit.
Thanks to them I was able to feel 6ft tall again! It was an amazing experience, one I would recommend to anyone in a wheelchair!
The makers of the £90,000 robotic suit describe it as “the world’s first hands-free, self-supporting, independently controlled robotic walking device” and believe it can help paralysed patients avoid complications caused by extended periods of sitting still.
And this heartwarming footage shows the incredible suit in action. This could change lives!