It can take many months of extraneous physical therapy to help patients with paralysis walk again. In a joint effort by Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, former Supervisor Don Knabe, and the Rancho Los Amigos Foundation, the Board of Supervisors accepted the donation of a brand new Exoskelton Clinical Kit, totaling more than $180,000, for the Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center.

 “I am thrilled to be a part of this project as hundreds of our patients at Rancho Los Amigos will benefit from this piece of equipment. This is more than just another piece of machinery, this is about giving our patients the assistance they need to walk again, the hope to recover quickly, and the caring attention they need to get back to their everyday lives,” said Supervisor Solis. “The exoskeleton serves a partner to help our patients take the first step in recovery and hope.”

 Both Supervisor Solis and former Supervisor Knabe each donated over $77,000 with remaining funds provided by the Foundation. The exoskeleton enables patients with spinal cord injuries to walk and participate in over-ground training. With interchangeable parts and sizes, the exoskeleton can be used by older children, adults, and anyone in between.

Not only is the exoskeleton accessible to patients at Rancho Los Amigos, but it also provides more consistent feedback and assistance than a therapist is able to provide. The exoskeleton is a key component to walking recovery training for patients with spinal injury or other diagnoses where walking ability is impaired.

Watch how the robotic exoskeleton is changing the life of Cynthia and giving her the strength to continue on the path to recovery.

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Contact: Michael Kapp, Communications Director, (213) 974-4111 or mkapp@bos.lacounty.gov