Unbelievable Cerebral Palsy Assistive Technology Allows Patient To Walk For The First Time
A 20-year-old South Carolina man with Cerebral Palsy who wasn’t expected to survive birth after he was born 10 weeks early and has lived his entire life with restricted mobility recently took his first steps thanks to the geniuses at Rex Bionics new Cerebral Palsy Assistive Technology, who were testing their $160,000 “robo-skeleton” in Tampa, Florida.
Privette and his family made the 11-hour trip to Tampa, where he was fitted for the device.For the first time in his young life, Dakota Privette has discovered how it feels to stand up and walk after new Cerebral Palsy Assistive Technology.At age 20 he took his first steps, courtesy of an “exoskeleton” robotic device made by Rex Bionics, an overseas firm with facilities in Great Britain and New Zealand.
“He just kept saying ‘This is amazing! This is amazing! I’m standing! I’m moving!’’’his mother, Donna Funderburk, told Inside Edition.com on Wednesday.The new Cerebral Palsy Assistive Technology Device that allows Dakota to walk is not yet available for sale in the U.S.,but his mother has established a Go Fund Me account, hoping to raise $160,000 to buy one after the FDA completes its testing of the machine.“He was so excited,” Privette’s mother said.
“He’s spent his lifetime sitting in a wheelchair with people looking down at him and him having to look up. He’s had to fight really hard to be here. But he has a ‘conquer all’ attitude. He doesn’t feel sorry for himself.”Privette’s mother has set up a Go Fund Me page to help raise the $160,000 necessary for the Rex Bionics exoskeleton once it becomes approved by the FDA.My Wisconsin public high school education tells me that means if 160,000 people each donate one dollar, then Privette should have no problem reaching that goal.He “was never OK with not being able to walk. He searched the internet for ways that he could walk,” his mother said.
Then he discovered Rex Bionics, and his parents learned the device was being tested in Tampa, Florida, an 11-hour drive from their South Carolina home.The family made the trip earlier this year. Dakota was fitted with the exoskeleton and as his parents watched and wept, he took his first steps.“He was so excited,” his mother said. “He’s spent his lifetime sitting in a wheelchair with people looking down at him and him having to look up.”