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Engineer father builds exoskeleton to help son in wheelchair walk

An engineer in France built an exoskeleton to help his 16-year-old son in a wheelchair walk. Oscar Constanza has a genetic neurological disease that prevents him from walking unaided. His father, Jean-Louis Constanza, built an exoskeleton, a sort of robotic suit, which gave him new life.

The 16-year-old told Reuters news agency that the device had made him independent. “I used to need someone to help me walk… it makes me feel independent,” Oscar said.

According to the news agency, the device is attached to his shoulders, chest, waist, knees and feet and is activated by the “Robot, get up” voice command.

A video now circulating the internet shows a large frame attached to Oscar’s body lifting him up and the 16-year-old walking.

Watch the video here:

The suit is made by the company co-founded by Jean-Louis and allows users to move around for a few hours, according to a BBC report.

Although the combination is in use in several hospitals across the country, it is not yet available in the commercial market.

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