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Israeli Technology is Finding a Home in the Canadian Health System

"Back in 2006, Capt. Trevor Greene was serving with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry in Afghanistan when he suffered a nearly fatal blow.

A 16-year-old Afghan, whom he later came to know as Abdul, plunged an axe into the back of his head at a meeting with local tribal elders.

He was transported to an American medical hospital in Germany where life-saving surgery was performed. However, the attack left him unable to walk – until a B.C.-based neuroscientist, Ryan D’Arcy, connected him with an Israeli-made wearable exoskeleton that does the walking for him.

D’Arcy hooked him up with ReWalk, a futuristic contraption at the frontier where science and science fiction meet.

ReWalk was designed and developed by Dr. Amit Goffer, an alumnus of the Technion University in Israel who became a quadriplegic after an accident in 1997.

As the company describes it, “ReWalk Robotics is an innovative medical device company that designs, develops and commercializes powered solutions which provide gait training and mobility for individuals with lower limb disabilities.”

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