A woman paralyzed from the waist down has regained the ability to walk, thanks to a robotic exoskeleton. Amanda Boxtel was told she would never walk again after suffering a serious ski accident, but a 3D-printed robotic exoskeleton has helped her walk again.
Robotic exoskeletons were once the stuff of movies, giving fictional superheroes superhuman powers. But fiction has now seemingly become reality. Amanda’s implant was made by scanning her body and inputting her attributes into a 3D-printer to create a personalized robotic exoskeleton.
This is an example of how technology can make the seemingly impossible possible. On the basis of medical science alone, doctors were right in telling Amanda Boxtel that she’d never walk again. Cutting-edge robotics have made possible what no existing medicines or surgeries can, and that’s encouraging.