01 Jul '11, 10am

Disabled Japanese man begins robo-suit adventure

Disabled Japanese man begins robo-suit adventure

Japanese alpinist Ken Noguchi , left, looks on demonstration of HAL, or 'hybrid assistive limb,' during a news conference by Japanese quadriplegic Seiji Uchida and his support organization With Dreams members in Tokyo Monday, March 20, 2006. -- PHOTO: AP NARITA - A DISABLED Japanese man on Friday embarked on an ambitious trip that will take him to a medieval French World Heritage site with the help of a cutting-edge robotic suit. Seiji Uchida, 49, who lost the ability to walk in a car accident 28 years ago, said his trip to the picturesque abbey of Mont Saint Michel, set on a rocky islet in Normandy, will be only the beginning of his dream. 'Right now, I cannot stand on my own feet without help,' said Uchida at Tokyo's Narita airport before his departure to France. 'But I will never give up on my hope of someday walking on my own feet, no matter how many years it would tak...

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