Walking Again and Climbing the Grand Canyon Thanks to a Biorobotic Technology Developed by B-TEMIA
April 13, 2016 – Québec, QC – One month after enabling a young female stroke survivor from Hamilton, ON, to climb the Grand Canyon, B-TEMIA, Inc. strikes again by providing an opportunity for an Asheville, NC, woman with an incomplete spinal cord injury to walk her first steps following paralysis, thanks to Keeogo™, a unique robotized walking device based on B-TEMIA’s proprietary Dermoskeleton™ technology.
March 26, 2016, was a day to remember for Shannon Chisholm, Miss Wheelchair North Carolina 2015. Five years after sustaining an injury as a result of a car accident, which left her partially paralyzed and reliant on a wheelchair for daily ambulation, Shannon was able to walk and dance thanks to the assistance of Keeogo™.This remarkable trial was carried out by a B-TEMIA partner, Able Bionics, a rehabilitation clinic based in London, Ontario.
“I will always be forever grateful to B-TEMIA and Able Bionics for giving me the ability to walk and dance with my husband and two beautiful children for the first time since my accident,” mentioned Shannon Chisholm.
“Keeogo™ was developed for individuals with mobility impairments. Every day, working with our clients, we witness how the device that we created is changing lives. Bringing this disruptive technology to market is not a small task, and we are very proud to count on innovative clinical partners like Able Bionics,” stated Stéphane Bédard, founder, President and CEO of B-TEMIA.
“Able Bionics is proud to use Keeogo™ in our partnering clinics. We have achieved great results so far, and look forward to helping diffuse this life-altering technology to those who will most benefit from it,” said Mitch Brogan, President of Able Bionics.
Julia’s Inspirational Story
Julia, a student at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, sustained a stroke in January 2013 which affected her mobility on the left side of her body resulting in limitations to daily activities. She relies on a walker or cane to get from place to place and climbing stairs and walking long distances are extremely difficult tasks.
Thanks to B-TEMIA’s Early Adopter Program, Julia was able to obtain her own Keeogo™. Wearing the device has afforded Julia significant independence in her daily life and enables her to do things like dance with her friends, climb stairs, work in a laboratory, and do without her walker or cane.
Last month, Julia took part in a new adventure and realized a long-time dream: climbing the Grand Canyon. Her Keeogo™ allowed her to live this high-intensity experience, which seemed totally impossible to her before. While in the past, people were telling her about limitations, today Julia speaks about possibilities!
You can view the ABC report on Shannon Chisholm here: http://wlos.com/news/local/after-paralysis-asheville-woman-takes-first-steps
Participants of the Early Adopter Progam share their daily progress on the Keeogo™ Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/keeogo
Rehabilitation clinics interested in partnering with B-TEMIA, and individuals interested in acquiring a device or participating in a clinical study may contact the company directly.
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Keeogo™ is a powered assistive walking device and is the first product incorporating the Dermoskeleton™ technology developed by B-Temia. Keeogo™ has been used by individuals with medical conditions such as osteoarthritis of the knee, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, and other conditions that impact mobility. Keeogo™ is already commercially available for rental or purchase in Canada. It is not yet available in the United States. The device is currently undergoing a pivotal clinical trial in both Canada and the United States.
About B-TEMIA Inc.
B-TEMIA Inc. is a medical device manufacturer that develops and markets products in the growing market of human augmentation systems. B-TEMIA operates through two wholly-owned subsidiaries, B-TEMIA Health Inc. and B‑TEMIA Military Inc. B-TEMIA owns a patent-pending wearable Dermoskeleton™ technology that restores, maintains or enhances the mobility of users.
About Able Bionics
Able Bionics Corporation operates in Southwestern Ontario as well as Aspen, Colorado and is dedicated to providing their clients with cutting edge exoskeleton and Dermoskeleton™ technology. Able Bionics offers exclusive training to clinics in the use of biorobotic technology to maximize their client goals and outcomes. The company has over five years of experience delivering their protocols to enhance the benefits of bionics in individuals with mobility impairments from all across North America.
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