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‘Exoskeleton’ tested on stroke survivors at San Jose hospital
The Mercury News

With each halting stride, Richard Torres stepped out of his injured past and into the future.

A volunteer in a three-day study of a new robotic suit called an “exoskeleton” at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, the 51-year-old truck driver aims to recover from a major stroke — and contribute to medical research.

The device helps patients relearn the proper gait, weight shifts and balance of walking. Battery-powered motors drive the legs, controlled by a computer strapped onto the patient’s back.

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