Device Allows People who are Paralyzed to Stand

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Apparently, it's the future. There's a device out there that will allow people who are paralyzed from the waist down to stand, providing their muscles still work. It zaps the muscles into action at the push of a button, allowing people confined to wheelchairs to stand and get things from high shelves, use an ATM, or any number of other things. It's amazing, and it seems like it's only a matter of time before a way to get paralyzed people walking normally again is developed.

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This seems like a great concept but I wonder how it is executed properly with all of the potentially different situations.

Can they really count on always being able to stand without falling over or being catapulted as the jokester above mentioned if the settings aren't just right?

If the thing jerks them forward too fast they have no way to compensate and could be severely injured.