Bionic suit could help paralyzed soldiers walk again

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on June 14, 2013 at 5:32 PM

HARTFORD, Connecticut -- A Connecticut nonprofit is looking to give the gift of mobility to paralyzed veterans. SoldierSocks in Stamford teamed up with the California company, Ekso Bionics, the creator of the Ekso suit.

Ekso suits are robotic exoskeletons which allow people who are paralyzed to walk. Clients are strapped into the suit by their legs and torso. The battery-powered motors drive their legs forward.

“It was amazing,” said Chris Tagatac, who suffers from paralysis. “I actually forgot in six months what it was like to stand.”

Christopher Meek, the founder of SoldierSocks, said he is writing grants and going to donors to raise money for the more than $100,000 suits.

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