V-A will pay for robotic legs for paralyzed vets

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WPVI) -- Some paralyzed veterans could soon be getting high-tech gear to help them walk again, thanks to a decision by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

This is a big break for veterans, who have been petitioning the V-A to pay for ReWalk.

On Thursday the agency said it will pick up the $77,000 cost for qualified vets.

ReWalk is an exoskeleton, with robotic braces that fit around the legs.

The braces have motion sensors and motorized joints.

They respond to subtle upper-body movements to start a walking motion.

ReWalk doesn't move fast enough to replace a wheelchair.

But pilot studies show veterans who used ReWalk had less fatigue and back pain, better sleep, and better bladder and bowel functions.

The company, ReWalk Robotics, says it has evaluated 45 paralyzed vets who meet the height and weight requirements for device.
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