One of the best things in life is having a healthy and able body.
As such, students and faculty from the Department of Electrical Engineering,
Faculty of Engineering at Mahidol University invented a tool to assist patients
with neurological deficits from stroke or the drop foot disorder.
Mahidol University also organized a project called "Healthy Walk for Father of the Land"
to give and demonstrate 85 nerve stimulation machines (Healthy Walk Machine)
to patients from Siriraj Hospital, Ramathibodi Hospital, Golden Jubilee Medical Center,
and Faculty of Physical Therapy. These patients were selected because
these devices could vastly improve their quality of life.
Assistant Professor Pira ......... explained, on December 3, 2012,
that the Department of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering of Mahidol University organized
the "Healthy Walk for Father of the Land" to celebrate the 85th birthday of His Majesty the King
on December 5, 2012. He also pointed out that the University appreciated the effort
by the Faculty of Engineering to produce devices that benefit Thai citizens.
By developing skills and expertise toward the benefit of mankind,
this project embodied Mahidol University's determination to be "Wisdom of the Land".
This multiple awards winning device is the endeavor of Mr. JirawatJitr...
and Mr. RatikornChai... who are Master Degree candidates
at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
of Mahidol University. Dr. SengLerd... is their faculty advisor
who facilitates the success of the device.
Mr. Jirawat and Mr. Ratikorn explained that the "Healthy Walk Machine"
provides electrical stimulation to the muscles of patients
who suffer from stroke or drop foot disorder.
It has three main components: 1. a small and light electrical stimulator;
2. a soft and durable sensor detecting when the sole of the foot touches the ground;
3. an electrode to be placed near the knee.
The ancillary equipment includes Velcro belts, socks, and battery charger.
The "Healthy Walk Machine" works because the lift off of sole of the foot
from the ground provides a feedback for the stimulator to activate muscles
that lift up the tip of the foot. This simple principle allows patients
to walk more gracefully without dragging their feet.
The "Healthy Walk Machine" strengthens the muscles and reduces atrophy
and scar formation. Patients can also use this device to improve
their physical rehabilitation at home.
Dr.Seng..said that similar machine has been available for about twenty years.
Unfortunately, more than one hundred thousands stroke patients
in Thailand do not have access to the device because the cost is prohibitive.
This fact inspires the students to develop an improved version of the device
that is more suitable for Thai patients. The result is a much lighter
and smaller device (less than a match box) that does so much to improve
the quality of life in Thai society. So far, 60 patients have benefits
from the "Healthy Walk Machine". The team aims to produce 500 devices in 2012.
Dr. Seng... also explained that the Mahidol University's Healthy Walk
for Father of the Land project celebrates the 85th birthday of His Majesty
the King and fulfills social responsibility by providing
and demonstrating proper use of 85 "Healthy Walk Machines"
without any cost to the patients. He hoped the devices would benefit
and improve the quality of life of the patients.
"Healthy Walk Machine" is an excellent example of creative products
by an active new generation of Thais who care deeply about well being of the society.
They truly deserve our full supports.
or more information please contact Public Relation Office,
Department of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering of Mahidol University
at phone number 0-2889-2138 extensions 6044-48.