High-tech exoskeleton lending a hand, arms and legs

MAKING THE ASSIST: Vanderbilt Rehabilitation Center patient Andrea Blair, right, of Cumberland, wears the ­EksoNR exoskeleton and moves through a walking session with the guidance of physical therapist Allissondra Dutra. 
COURTESY LIFESPAN CORP./BILL MURPHY
MAKING THE ASSIST: Vanderbilt Rehabilitation Center patient Andrea Blair, right, of Cumberland, wears the ­EksoNR exoskeleton and moves through a walking session with the guidance of physical therapist Allissondra Dutra. 
COURTESY LIFESPAN CORP./BILL MURPHY

Early last December, Chuck Allen was enjoying a lazy afternoon at home in North Kingstown. His wife, Becky, had run out for a few minutes to do errands, and feeling tired, he stretched out to nap in his recliner. “But when I woke up, I couldn’t talk,” he said. “I couldn’t move.” Minutes later, Becky

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