First veteran to demonstrate Re-Walk equipment at Biloxi Veterans Affairs Hospital

A paralyzed veteran from the Gulf Coast area was the first to demonstrate Re-Walk equipment for staff at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Biloxi.

Re-Walk is a wearable robotic exoskeleton that provides powered hip and knee motion to enable individuals with spinal cord injury to stand and walk.

The veteran has been going to Pensacola Rehab Clinic for several months and can now take the device home to use anytime he likes.

The staff was educated on the equipment so they can recommend it to more veterans. Depending on a veteran’s condition, it could take several months to receive a Re-Walk. Veteran Patrick Peterson said, “Paralyzed for 21 years. To finally be able to stand up and to actually take steps, it’s just life changing. I feel whole again. I don’t feel like I’m 29 years after a spinal cord injury. I feel great. It feels awesome.”

Veterans who think they could qualify for the equipment are strongly encouraged to talk to their doctors. The VA is more than happy to help with this new technology.

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