Paralyzed woman finishes London marathon wearing bionic legs

It took Claire Lomas 16 days to 'run' the London marathon, but that's still a remarkable feat when you consider that she's paralyzed from the waist down.

To achieve this seemingly impossible feat, Lomas wore a special computerized suit called ReWalk, which forms an exoskeleton around the wearer's legs controlled by motors.

Despite finishing, Lomas was not given the customary medal handed to all finishers, because she didn't complete the course in the maximum allowed time of one day. To make up for the organizer's lack of compassion, several finishers sent Lomas their own medals, although now the organizers have decided to make up for their boneheaded move by presenting her with a special trophy. As a result of her feat, Lomas has raised $130.000 for spinal research.

ReWalk was invented by an Israeli company called Argo Medical Technologies, and was recently approved the the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The device is expected to cost $70,000.

Via Time

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