Gary Linfoot Visits Rossview Elementary

 

Gary Linfoot, a former soldier, visited with several classes at Rossview Elementary. Mr. Linfoot was a helicopter pilot, but a horrific accident in 2008 crushed his spine and left him a paraplegic. The recent gift of an exoskeleton has given him the ability to walk again.  The bionic suit – or exoskeleton – he wears is possible because of a kind of wearable robot — a full-body apparatus developed by California-based Ekso Bionics. Built-in sensors detect the user’s weight shifts and initiate steps. Battery–powered motors drive the legs and make up for deficits in neuromuscular function. Linfoot was the first veteran to receive the Ekso suit for personal use. It’s a gift made possible through a nonprofit organization focused on mental and physical issues facing returning veterans and their families.

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