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12 local boys measured for robotic exoskeleton arms suffer from DMD

12 local boys measured for robotic exoskeleton arms suffer from DMD
Posted at 11:55 AM, Aug 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-22 11:55:33-04

Twelve local boys suffering with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) were measured for Wilmington Robotic Exoskeleton arms (WREX).

The disease is a progressive weakness of muscles. While girls can carry the disease, it typically affects boys. 

There is currently no cure, but the light weight exoskeleton device helps the person imitate normal human movements and improves their independence.

Our Liz Lewin profiled two boys who struggle with the disease. Their parents said their children have trouble with everyday tasks, such as brushing their teeth, eating, and writing. 

The WREX arms are being donated by local non-profits, Suneel's Light Foundation and Glory Be To Kids.