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Jennifer Matthews: Eric Wellington knows this scene well, strapped up and ready to take on the world. Eric fell into shallow water this summer and was partially paralyzed. But today, he'll get up and walk again. Neurologist Peter Gorman says the Lokomat puts people like Eric back on their feet. Dr. Peter Gorman: It is a technology that has a considerable value to people with various neurological impairments. Jennifer Matthews: That includes spinal cord injuries and strokes. Therapists strap patients into a robotic treadmill, where the constant motion is believed to stimulate the spinal cord. Dr. Peter Gorman: It changes the whole equation, the whole body image, the whole functional capacity of any individual. Jennifer Matthews: Eric takes a walk three times a week. Dr. Peter Gorman: He has some motor control, although it's not normal, the hope is that this will stimulate any type of motor pattern in his spinal cord to pick up and improve and recover more than if he did not have this intervention. Jennifer Matthews: Eric's determination and optimism keep him going. Eric Wellington: Once I start walking again, which I know I will, I will never forget this experience. Jennifer Matthews: The Lokomat will give him the support he need until he is ready to take this walk alone. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.
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