The Bionic Leg provides motorized assistance with extension (straightening your knee), which kicks in when you're standing up from a seated position, swinging your leg forward between steps, and going up stairs. It also provides resistance for flexion (bending your knee), so it kicks in when you're lowering yourself down to sitting, squatting, or when you're going down stairs. It enables patients to move without having to compensate in ways that would slow down their rehab or possibly cause other complications.
Patrick McStravick, from Bangor, County Down, has brought the suit to Northern Ireland, after a visit to the Republic of Ireland, in order to show how the exoskeleton can benefit those who cannot walk.
On Wednesday, he will meet Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots before giving a demonstration of the suit, developed by Californian company Ekso Bionics, at the University of Ulster.