The Hibbot: Giving Children with Cerebral Palsy the Chance to Walk (Video)

The Hibbot: Giving Children with Cerebral Palsy the Chance to Walk .Meet Yano De Laet, a young boy who suffers from Cerebral Palsy. Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a permanent movement disorder caused by a lesion in the developmental brain which causes muscle weakness, abnormal tone, movement disorders and balance problems. The brain damage often occurs before or during the birth of the child, and there is no cure for the condition. Yano regularly undergoes consultations at the Cerebral Palsy Reference Center at Pellenberg, UZ Leuven in Belgium, and after hearing about the Hibbot, his doctor thought he would be an ideal candidate for the project.

The Hibbot is the brainchild of engineer Dirk Wenmakers and physiotherapist Ria Cuppers. After Ria explained how she facilitated the walking patterns of children with CP, Dirk went about designing an ergonomic system where the children could exercise their walking much more frequently. The Hibbot essentially mimics the support that a physiotherapist provides for the child they are treating – which they do by holding the child’s hips and pelvis while it walks, adapting their grip so that the child’s legs and hips are constantly aligned.

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Source: materialise.com

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