Target: Dr. Amit Goffer, inventor of ReWalk
Goal: Praise this innovative technology that increases paraplegics’ mobility
Thanks to a device called ReWalk, individuals with lower limb disabilities can more easily participate in activities such as sitting, standing, walking, climbing stairs and more. Invented by a professor in electrical and computer engineering, Dr. Amit Goffer who is himself a quadriplegic, ReWalk has been used to allow Veterans of the U.S. military to stand and walk again. With recent clearance from the Food and Drug Administration ReWalk is set to expand into personal-usage settings as well, allowing individuals to enjoy greater physical freedom in their everyday lives instead of just in a rehabilitation context.
Likened to a sort of “exoskeleton” for those whose legs no longer respond to command signals from the brain, ReWalk is composed of a fitted metal brace supporting the user’s legs and part of the upper body. With the help of a wireless remote control worn on the wrist, the user may activate the brace’s motors to help him or her stand, walk or sit while crutches provide extra support.
ReWalk promises extensive benefits for users. In a practical sense, individuals can experience greater independence using Re-Walk, able to walk upright and more easily participate in daily activities like cooking. Participating in other standing environments like receptions or presentations, Re-Walk users can establish greater “life connections,” as the company’s web site details. Health benefits currently being evaluated include improvements in cardiorespiratory function and diminished pain thanks to the increased physical activity.
Applaud this impactful technology empowering paraplegic individuals with greater mobility and social connectivity.
Dear Dr. Goffer,
I am writing to applaud your invention of the revolutionary ReWalk device. Your efforts to provide individuals with lower limb disabilities increased mobility are truly inspiring. Your technology has expanded individuals’ ability to enjoy a range of activities including increased exercise, cooking in non-modified kitchens, participating in receptions and other events traditionally designed around standing. Now that the device has been cleared for personal use in the U.S., your positive impact on the paraplegic community will continue to grow.
You continue to make a difference in the lives of so many people worldwide, from U.S. military Veterans recovering from traumatic injury to members of the general public. I commend you on your success with ReWalk and wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.
[Your Name Here]
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