This Exoskeleton Suit Helps Kids With Spinal Muscular Atrophy Walk

This Exoskeleton Suit Helps Kids With Spinal Muscular Atrophy Walk
Children

The brace features an onboard computer and sensors to help children suffering from the disease to take their first steps

Ido Lechner, Home Editor
  • 21 june 2016

Through the use of sensors which detect the ‘slightest intention of movement,’ the Spanish National Research Council has created an exoskeleton designed for children with spinal muscular atrophy. For those living with the disease — categorized by a loss of motor neurons — patients’ bodies begin to wither away. Children suffer from it the worst, becoming bedridden as they lose their ability to walk, or lose their ability to eat or breathe. SMA is the leading genetic cause of death among infants.

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