Robotic exoskeleton helps paralyzed patients walk again (Photo: Screenshot/YouTube) - Credit: Robotic exoskeleton helps paralyzed patients walk again (Photo: Screenshot/YouTube)
Thursday, 31 December 2015 - 14:40
Crowdfunded robotic exoskeleton delivered just in time for New Year
Nijmegen man Ruben de Sain received his crowdfunded robotic exoskeleton just in time for the paralyzed man to celebrate New Year's on his feet. The suit was delivered on Wednesday afternoon, according to Dutch newspaper AD. De Sain first got his hands on a robotic exoskeleton during a test on the device by the Sint Maartens Clinic in Nijmegen. The suit enables paralyzed people to stand and walk. After testing the suit out for two weeks, De Sain decided that he could not imagine being stuck in a wheelchair again. He launched a crowdfunding project and managed to raise the 86,900 euros necessary for his own suit. His project was one of the Crowdfunding Hub's top 12 crowdfunding projects in the Netherlands this year. The Nijmegen man's next goal is to convince health insurers to compensate these robotic exoskeletons.