Exoskeleton Helps Toddler Play For First Time

22 08 2012

A two year old named Emma was born with a condition called Arthrogryposis, where she was born incapable of moving her arms. The devastated family was at a loss for what to do, and relentlessly searched for information about the condition and how they could help their daughter. 

While most of the doctors in the industry said she would not be able to move her arms, there were a few dedicated professionals who sought to disprove this fact and continue to look for alternative ways to help people with this disease. One of these individuals was Doctor Tariq Rahman. The family met Rahman when Emma’s mother heard about a conference in Philadelphia that was all about Arthrogryposis. 

At the conference, families of patients come to meet each other and share information. It was here that Rahman introduced the Wilmington Robotic Exoskeleton to the families. Since the condition makes it near impossible for the patient to move their arms, a metal exoskeleton was created to aid the patients. Using this exoskeleton, the movement of the arms is made easier.

Rahmna invited Emma and her family to his workshop, and here Emma was given a chance to use the exoskeleton. For the first time, Emma was able to lift her hands up to her mouth. What is even more amazing is the way in which this exoskeleton is created. A new phenomena known as 3D printing enables the engineer to create the item on the computer, specify its dimensions and attributes, and then print the item! So if a piece of the exoskeleton ever breaks, all they need to do is re-print the same piece again!

Emma and her family are currently fully accustomed to the exoskeleton, with Emma referring to them as her “Magic Arms.” One day, the doctors came by to make a few edits to the exoskeleton. When they removed them from Emma, she cried out “I want those!” It was then that her mother started crying, because that was her first sentence.

If those in the medical industry just settled for average, experiences like this would never be possible. With technology advancing every second, the possibilities for the future really are endless. We at Advantec are proud to support people in this industry. They not only save lives, but change them completely. 

To see a short video about Emma’s journey, visit Fox 19’s Video.

For more information on how Advantec software can help businesses in this industry, visit us at theAdvantec WebpageImage

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