Professor Isabella Schwartz, the head of the rehabilitation department at the hospital, shared with us that they have recently acquired a new device from the United States. This device, which is the only one of its kind in Jerusalem, offers incredible therapeutic options for patients. It enables patients to take small steps and be carried through the air with a flow of air from beneath them, allowing them to begin putting weight on their foot in a controlled and monitored manner just days after surgery.
The device was developed at NASA and purchased by Hadassah Mount Scopus through a donation from Hadassah International Israel. It has been used to treat various injuries that have resulted in limited or no ability to walk, such as muscle weakness or balance problems. The device has also been used for sports injuries and is even utilized by top-class athletes.
One patient who benefited greatly from this device was Dvir, who underwent surgery on his leg due to a pedicle injury. During his treatment on the device, he reported feeling like he was walking again as he had before the injury, and that it helped him regain confidence in his ability to walk independently with both feet.
Professor Schwartz praised Dvir’s determination and dedication to recovering as an inspiration not only to herself but also to everyone around him. The hospital is thrilled about the new therapeutic options provided by this innovative device and looks forward to assisting more patients during their rehabilitation process.