With the exoskeleton technology that was tried in a laboratory in France, a patient who had been paralyzed for two years moved his arms and legs.
30-year-old Thibault, who does not want to reveal his last name, said that two years later, taking his first steps was like “walking on the moon”. Thibault said; “I felt like the first person to set foot on the moon. I have forgotten what it feels like to stand, that I’m one of the tallest people in a community.”
Researchers emphasize that the development of this exoskeleton technology can one day drastically change the quality of life of disabled patients.
Thibault suffered a spinal cord injury from a 15-meter-high accident in a nightclub accident 4 years ago, and spent nearly 2 years in a hospital.
In 2017 he volunteered for exoskeletal experiments conducted by the Clinatec laboratory of the University of Grenoble, France. Initially he learned to control a character in a computer-generated game using “reader pieces placed in his brain.
“It was very difficult because we needed to control the movement of many muscles. It was the most amazing work I have done with the exoskeleton,” Thibault says.