A B.C. doctor is celebrating how robotics – being used in a way they’ve never been used before – are helping a brain-injured soldier learn how to walk again.
Dr. Ryan D’Arcy says they’ve used exoskeletons used to help parapalegics walk to help Captain Trevor Green re-wire his brain to move like he used to.
He says the steps Green is taking will help other brain injured people follow in his foot steps
“We put him in advanced MRIs and measured his brain as it changed and re-wired over three years and showed with medical imaging that the brain is highly plastic and went beyond where people can recover from brain injuries.”
D’Arcy says it’s been a three-year journey for Green to go from being immobile to taking steps.
“And when – he did his first walk he looked both his daughter Grace and his son Noah: ‘Daddy’s bionic'”
Green was injured in 2006 in Afghanistan.
D’Arcy says he contacted Green in 2009 after seeing a documentary about him where a doctor said the soldier would never walk again.