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The Alcantarilla City Council collaborates with Amdem in the search for funds to finance an exoskeleton (09/11/2020)

The City Council of Alcantarilla and the Murcian Association of Multiple Sclerosis (Amdem) collaborate in the search for financing to acquire the first exoskeleton in the Region of Murcia, with which the users of the association could recover the mobility they have lost. The mayor of Alcantarilla, Joaquín Buendía, and the vice-president of Amdem, Francisca Meroño, held a meeting today, in which the mayor showed his "sensitivity towards people who suffer from this disease and the importance of the work that Amdem does to improve considerably their quality of life.

" The exoskeleton allows people who suffer partial or total paralysis in the lower limbs to stand up and even walk, in addition to improving the rehabilitation treatments received by the association's users. Its main function is to allow the mobility of the lower extremities temporarily.

It is made up of anchors that are placed on the legs and a control system for physiotherapists to direct the movement of the person who uses it and the amount of force applied when walking. Its price is 140,000 euros and any citizen can collaborate with its financing, with a donation through the website

They have already raised 825 euros, one percent of the total amount needed to purchase the exoskeleton. Amdem has 350 partners to whom it offers physiotherapy, occupational therapy, cognitive stimulation and psychological support services to limit the consequences of the disease and slow its progression.

Its goal is to improve the quality of life for people with multiple sclerosis and offer support to their families. It also promotes research on multiple sclerosis, a chronic autoimmune and neurodegenerative disease that causes progressive disability in young adults and affects XXX people in the Murcia Region.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Alcantarilla

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