STANDING TALL: Paralyzed shooting victim walks at college graduation with the help of a robotic exoskeleton
Khalil Watson, a 25-year-old shooting victim, was able to walk across the stage to accept his diploma at graduation with the help of a robotic exoskeleton. Seven years after a shooting during high school left him paralyzed from the neck down, he used an exoskeleton suit to walk across the stage at Reynolds Community College in Richmond, Virginia, on May 15. The powered exoskeleton was made by Ekso Bionics and lent to Watson by the Sheltering Arms Institute, a rehabilitation center in Richmond where Watson received therapy. He plans to attend Virginia Commonwealth University in the fall to pursue a bachelor’s and, eventually, a master’s degree in social work, reports said.