A Life Changed by Robotic Legs | Freethink Superhuman


Friday morning was a usual workday for me. Seven tons of steel studs were
being lifted from the crane. At around the 25th floor the sling support broke. The next thing I knew, you know, I was cold.
I couldn’t see anything and I could hear myself screaming in pain. My entire life flashed through my mind… I asked the doctor what happened and he mentioned to me that I was paralyzed from the neck down and most likely would never be able to walk again. As an architect I’m always trying to find solutions… and this was a very difficult problem. Why is the wheelchair which is a
1,000 years old technology the only mobility device that we have in this world? There’s salad here guys. Does anyone want the greek yogurt for the meat? My name is Robert Woo and I’m an architect. I have three boys and Vivian is my wife. I live in Toronto and in New York City. I am paralyzed from chest-down with no functions at all nothing works below my level of injury. Being in a wheelchair is very difficult. The things he talked to me about at that time were the things that he could not do. you know, I can’t take my kids to the park,
they’ll never know what it’s like to run with me. The simple things that we take for granted
in our everyday lives were things that he didn’t feel he could do anymore. The more I thought it the more depressed I felt. I thought to myself, what kind father and what kind of husband am I now? I felt that my life was over. I was looking for any glimmer of hope. Finding the exoskeleton was that glimmer of hope. I came across a ReWalk device. A wearable robot that will allow a person who is paralyzed to be able to stand up and walk again. And seeing the videos actually happening, and seeing someone who was paralyzed actually walking now And it’s not, you know, science fiction… That excited me.
That gave me a sense of purpose in life saying that, this is what I– I want to be that guy walking. The depression that I was in turned to an excitement, turned to the fact that there is hope. I’m very fortunate to be one of the early people to try it. Hi everybody. I’m going to show you something really incredible. Being able to stand and walk again is very exciting. It’s a big “wow” for me. I look back and I say you know what? You know, it happened for a reason, my life changed, and I’m now I’m making the best of it. Alright, now everything is controlled through the watch. So I’m going to stand. When you are given back that ability to walk, well, that’s, that’s an incredible feeling. That excited me. That gave me a sense of purpose. Certain things have started coming back to me. I started getting sensation below my level of injury.
I have less pain. My medication intake has been cut in half. Digestive system works much better. One of the significant changes– I have regained quad function in my muscles so I’m able now to lift my legs… Not yet strong enough to walk on it’s own. I shouldn’t be getting any of this back. I think the biggest lesson to learn
is that life is really short, and you really do have an opportunity
to make your life what you want it to be. I have a second chance to reset my priorities in life. I’m much happier now because I spend more time with my children. I spend more time with my family. As an architect, it is in my nature to make things better. I found that there were some issues
on the earlier versions and I made design suggestions
on how to improve the product like any new technology, when it first comes out,
the price is quite high. The more people purchase it the demand will start growing and then the price will start coming down. As human beings, I think we are always
striving to better ourselves to make our lives easier and more convenient. Not only will the exoskeleton be available to help people who are mobility impaired, but also people who are abled-bodied. When I’m in the exoskeleton
I can adapt to any environment. Who knows? One day you’d be able to wear it under your clothes and be walking like everybody else. The most important thing is
when all hope is lost, don’t give up. Don’t lose sight of living.

29 Comments

  1. ManiacalO2 said:

    This is good work.

    September 19, 2016
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  2. Feral Survivor said:

    He is basically re-programming his own brain through repetition.Thats impressive.

    September 25, 2016
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  3. Siosion Sammy said:

    This cannel is just amazing … it needs more clicks !

    January 15, 2017
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  4. Nick Katt said:

    That's honestly amazing.

    January 28, 2017
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  5. Bilyboy said:

    Holly shit! I had such a good comment tell I seen him move his leg I started to tear up and lost it,anyway if someone took the time and used the gyro system we use in building drones,I don't see why walking with out the "arm bars" for a lack of a better word using stability control to keep you up right.the techs there,this could be done soon like in the next year if someone took the time

    January 29, 2017
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  6. Colin Noland said:

    hey guys SUB TO MY YouTube channel it's called Colin noland and I will subscribe to YOURS

    January 29, 2017
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  7. Jonas Amberg said:

    This is great!!

    January 29, 2017
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  8. Kyan said:

    this is amazing

    January 29, 2017
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  9. adoboawesome said:

    How is this possible? Did perhaps he get some kinda weird fringe paralysis in which his condition isn't permanent?? I'm so freaking intrigued, liek, wtf how is this even possible?? I'm utterly amazed rn I thought this was kinda lame at first because the technology looks archaic, but DAMN if it's making a paraplegic fucking walk again?? Holy crap this needs more funding

    January 30, 2017
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  10. Erik said:

    wow thats amazing

    February 27, 2017
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  11. Kirsten Cooper said:

    This is magnificent

    February 27, 2017
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  12. Pepe The Friend said:

    Truly amazing. One of positive parts of humanity

    February 28, 2017
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  13. Mike Ivey said:

    I need prayer I can walk without the walker

    March 1, 2017
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  14. Red Nova said:

    His wife said it best… life is so short

    July 23, 2017
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  15. James Gass said:

    I’m also paraplegic but I have one paralyzed arm also. Are there any devices I can use to help me walk?

    October 28, 2017
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  16. Gabriel Coelho said:

    Very inspirational, great video and great channel. Thank you so much!

    January 8, 2018
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  17. Alexandr Padalka said:

    🗽

    January 8, 2018
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  18. Aniket said:

    Why this channel is not having sub's man this channel is amazing one of best I have seen

    January 13, 2018
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  19. Atticus Nari said:

    Amazing.

    February 6, 2018
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  20. The Rabid Badger said:

    3:35 he should have said it’s a big woo for me

    May 22, 2018
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  21. adtc said:

    Best part is, he never thanked god. That Asshole is the one who dropped him from 100 feet high and nearly destroyed this good person's life. Thanks to science and robotic technology, not some Asshole called god.

    June 4, 2018
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  22. ZChata Abba said:

    AMAZING.

    July 27, 2018
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  23. Rajendrasinh Chauhan said:

    My lags not working
    Spin problem

    September 7, 2018
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  24. ANTIQUEFOTOS said:

    Freaking amazing!

    January 6, 2019
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  25. Diane Desrosiers said:

    this is wonderful, my son is same level as you were and unable to walk, he does weights, FES, and his care. We hope one day he can try the robotic suite, tyvm and take care!

    January 7, 2019
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  26. Murad Murad said:

    Any idea how much it cost please??

    January 20, 2019
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  27. Anthony Drakeford said:

    I hate that you experienced your accident. I am glad you are being enabled to take your life back ♥️

    April 11, 2019
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  28. pitot1988 said:

    What is the name of the intro music?

    July 5, 2019
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  29. 101perspective said:

    I need a pair of these. I'm not paralyzed… I'm just THAT lazy. Do they make attachments for it? One with an arm rest and cup holder would be great.

    July 9, 2019
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