Cpt. Derek Herrera - Founder, Spinal Singularity
As a U.S. marine serving in Afghanistan, Captain Derek Herrera was, by his own assessment, at the “pinnacle of his career”. Everything changed on June 14, 2012 when he was shot by a sniper while leading a special operations team on patrol In Helmand province. He was paralysed from the chest down. Chronically disabled he left the military pursued his long held interest in medical technology. He was one of first people in the U.S. to use a wearable robotic exoskeleton, which enabled him to walk again. He’s now working on a medical device to help people with a condition known as Neurogenic bladder. It affects affects people with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson's, dementia, spinal cord injury and other neurological disorders.
Originally broadcast on BBC Radio 5 Live's Up All Night with Rhod Sharp.