Paraplegic Amputee Walks Again Thanks to Artificial BraceBy Daily Telegraph,
Publication Date: January 26, 2010
Article describes the use of a leg brace in combination with a prosthetic leg to enable a paraplegic patient to walk again. The brace, called a reciprocating gait orthosis, gave extra support to a British farmer who broke his back and had to have one leg amputated below the thigh following an accident at his farm. The device works by supporting the patient’s hips and knee while he twists his upper body from side to side to generate momentum to his legs. After being fitted with the brace, the farmer was able to walk 20 yards on his own. According to a physician in rehabilitation medicine at the center in Lancashire where the farmer is a patient, this is the first case of a paraplegic amputee being able to walk.
Published by: Telegraph Media Group Limited (Website:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/)
Link to text: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/7079790/