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Father builds exoskeleton to help his physically-disabled son walk



A father has brought to reality a dream of his physically-challenged son to walk again one day.

Jean-Louis Constanza spent some time building an exoskeleton to enable Oscar, his 16-year-old son walk on his feet and dump his wheelchair.

The boy has a genetic neurological condition that means his nerves do not send enough signals to his legs – to walk across the room and turn around.

A video which surfaced online showed the young boy testing the machine while his father watched and guided him.

“Before, I needed someone to help me walk … this makes me feel independent,” said Oscar, as his father, one of the co-founders of the company that makes the exoskeleton, looks on.

Speaking at the the company Wandercraft’s headquarters in Paris, Jean said; “One day Oscar said to me: ‘dad, you’re a robotic engineer, why don’t you make a robot that would allow us to walk?’

“Ten years from now, there will be no, or far fewer, wheelchairs.”

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