Bionic Suit Helps Paralyzed Patients Walk Again

Muhammad Lila looks at robotic suit that assists injured people to regain mobility.
3:00 | 12/22/12

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Now, to what may be a huge, medical breakthrough. A bionic suit, a sort of wearable robot, that can help paralyzed patients, people that never thought they would walk again. Here's abc's muhammad lila. Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. Reporter: For years, we dreamed of the impossible. Better than he was before. Reporter: Dreamed of building a bionic man. Better, stronger, faster. Reporter: Today, those big dreams start with these tiny steps. Mentally, it's a wonderful mealing to be upright and moving. Reporter:27-year-old aaron bloom was paralyzed after an accident two years ago. Told he would never walk again. Now, with each step, each grimace, he's defying the odds. Right now, I don't need anybody holding on to me. I can lift my hands up and put weight on the crutches and feel comfortable. Reporter: It's thanks to this. The bionic suit. Designed for soldiers to carry heavy loads. It's being used in southern california and elsewhere, to help paralyzed patients walk. The company behind it said since they developed the biology, they helped patients take more than 1 million steps. Including some down the wedding aisle. This woman was paralyzed cliff jumping. She sees hope. It will change my life. Reporter: As for bloom, learning how to use the suit took him weeks of practice. He knows it's not a perfect cure. But it is one step closer to one. I have no doubt that in my lifetime, there will be some sort of solution for spinal cord injuries. I firmly believe I'll be able to walk in the future. It's just a matter of time. Reporter: The suit costs $150,000. And there are different versions of it out there. In many cases, health insurance doesn't cover that cost. It is expensive. But the life-changing potential of this is definitely there. Extraordinary. Great story. Coming up here on the broadcast, remember the actor

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