Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Man unintentionally shot in head helped in his recovery with new robotic technology

Last July 24-year-old Michael Widun, of Enfield, Connecticut, was at his friend's apartment.  Widun wanted to see his friend's gun, so 27-year-old Raymond Moule pulled his 9mm handgun out from under his bed.  Moule unintentionally discharged the gun, shooting Widun in the head.  The bullet entered the back of Widun's head and exited the right side.
Seven months later Widun is working to recover from this traumatic brain injury. He is being helped in his recovery by a robotic therapy device called the Lokomat which allows Widun to walk more efficiently. The machine holds his weight and lets him walk long distances without having to use a cane. "It's good repetitive training, which helps rewire Kevin's neuromuscular system," said his doctor.
Widun still faces a long road ahead. "Well, I'm hoping to hopefully go back to work," he said. "I was installing floors. So hopefully one day I can return to that. You know, ditch the cane and just walk normally."
Ohh shoot.

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