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Burke Rehabilitation Hospital Provides Access to Life-Changing Technology

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital recognizes each patient’s journey as unique. With the hospital’s focus on individual care and innovative technology, a Burke therapist was able to pair a wheelchair-using patient with a special device to help him walk again.

In 2008, Rusty fell from a roof while working construction. He sustained a spinal cord injury, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. Rusty’s therapist identified him as a candidate for a ReWalk robotic exoskeleton, after years of careful attention. He underwent intensive therapy with the device at Burke in the therapy gym, outdoors, and in the hospital’s daily activities kitchen. Rusty successfully learned to take the ReWalk on and off, start and stop it, and sit and stand in it. He trained to navigate up and down inclines and through confined household spaces.

After all the necessary training, Rusty was the first patient in the region approved to take the device home with him upon discharge. On December 20, 2017, Rusty was ready to walk for the first time in almost ten years.

You can also hear Rusty’s story here.

For more information, contact, Richard Sgaglio, Vice President, Marketing, Communications & Development, (914) 597-2491, rsgaglio@burke.org

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