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Mexico: 'The children are able to fulfil their dreams' - Robotic exoskeleton helps youngsters with mobility issues to walk05:51

Mexico: 'The children are able to fulfil their dreams' - Robotic exoskeleton helps youngsters with mobility issues to walk

Mexico, Mexico City
October 26, 2022 at 16:45 GMT +00:00 · Published

The Association for People with Cerebal Palsy (APAC) in Mexico City has introduced a groundbreaking robotic exoskeleton to help young patients walk for the first time, as seen in footage from Tuesday.

"It has transformed us," said Guadalupe Maldonado, General Director of APAC. "It has motivated us to continue learning to bring the best international practices and for the children it has been a great gift to be able to fulfil all their dreams."

The Atlas 2030 device provides one-hour therapy sessions and is the first of its kind in Mexico.

It helps to strengthen muscles and improve digestion and respiration, with the mechanical, motorised suit adjusting to the motion of individual children.

Eight-year-old David is seen using the technology. He has cerebral palsy and also suffers from hearing loss.

"I see improvement … I see his feet as if they give him more encouragement to walk and he pushes himself to take his own steps," said his mother, Guadalupe Cardoso Ruiz, That helps him a lot to improve that he manages to walk more."

"He looks happy and he also feels that encouragement that he wants to walk, he wants to do it by himself," she continued.

Mexico is the third country to trial the suit, after France and Spain. It was designed by a Spanish professor and won European Inventor Award in 2022.

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The Association for People with Cerebal Palsy (APAC) in Mexico City has introduced a groundbreaking robotic exoskeleton to help young patients walk for the first time, as seen in footage from Tuesday.

"It has transformed us," said Guadalupe Maldonado, General Director of APAC. "It has motivated us to continue learning to bring the best international practices and for the children it has been a great gift to be able to fulfil all their dreams."

The Atlas 2030 device provides one-hour therapy sessions and is the first of its kind in Mexico.

It helps to strengthen muscles and improve digestion and respiration, with the mechanical, motorised suit adjusting to the motion of individual children.

Eight-year-old David is seen using the technology. He has cerebral palsy and also suffers from hearing loss.

"I see improvement … I see his feet as if they give him more encouragement to walk and he pushes himself to take his own steps," said his mother, Guadalupe Cardoso Ruiz, That helps him a lot to improve that he manages to walk more."

"He looks happy and he also feels that encouragement that he wants to walk, he wants to do it by himself," she continued.

Mexico is the third country to trial the suit, after France and Spain. It was designed by a Spanish professor and won European Inventor Award in 2022.