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How robotics helped a paralyzed man cross the finish line

In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, a car accident severed Adam Gorlitsky’s spinal cord 10 years ago, paralyzing him from the waist down. But the former high school cross country and track athlete was back on his feet last weekend, finishing a 10K race with the help of a special robotic suit.

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Finally to our NewsHour Shares, something that caught our eye that we thought might be of interest to you too.

    Ten years ago, a car accident severed Adam Gorlitsky's spinal cord, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. But that didn't stop the former high school cross-country and track runner from finishing a 10K race last weekend, thanks, in part, to a special robotic suit.

    Step by step, and mile by mile, 29-year-old Adam Gorlitsky walked the entire length of the Cooper River Bridge Run in Charleston, South Carolina, Saturday.

  • ADAM GORLITSKY:

    I'm feeling good. I'm feeling very good, very confident.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Gorlitsky used a robotic exoskeleton machine to accomplish the feat. He received the system in December and has trained two to three hours a day with it ever since to prepare for the race.

  • ADAM GORLITSKY:

    Not only are you walking, but you're walking in the Cooper River Bridge Run. Come on.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Friends and family walked beside Gorlitsky on race day as he battled hills, high winds and physical pain along the way.

  • ADAM GORLITSKY:

    My wrists, man, my wrists feel like they're about to snap in half.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    And seven hours after his journey began, the man who was once told he'd never walk again finally crossed the finish line.

    (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

  • ADAM GORLITSKY:

    It feels really good. It feels really good. I'm speechless, man. I really am.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    What an inspiration.

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