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    Vet's a miracle walker

    Vet's a miracle walker
    Paraplegic 'suit'

    Last Updated: 7:01 AM, June 26, 2011

    Posted: 1:43 AM, June 26, 2011

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    He's taking off on his own two feet.

    A retired paraplegic Air Force pilot is taking baby steps across the Bronx VA Hospital with the help of a specially fitted exoskeleton suit called the ReWalk.

    "The first time I saw myself walk on video, I said, 'Wow,' " said Lt. Ian James Brown, who has been paralyzed from the chest down since 2002 and is the first military man to test the device.

    Brown was driving back to Hanscom Air Force base in Bedford, Mass., in 2002 when he wrecked his motorcycle. The crash paralyzed him from the chest down.

    "When I was a baby, I learned to walk when I was 7 months old," the 34-year-old said.

    He's a novice walker again.

    When Brown uses the ReWalk, his legs are fitted in custom braces with moveable joints. He uses his muscular arms to hoist himself upright on crutches.

    Then, by tapping a mode on the ReWalk's wristwatch control -- sit, stand, walk, ascend -- he does what was once unthinkable.

    The wristwatch signals a computer inside a backpack Brown wears and moves the Terminator-like joints. He must lean his body at an angle to trigger a sensor in the hip area, follow step cadence and balance himself on crutches.

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    When people call this a miracle, you just know there's something really wrong.
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