Rehabilitation Institute Of Chicago

Mariam Pare uses her mouth to paint. (CBS)

Artist Won’t Let Disability Stop Her From Painting

CBS 2’s Brad Edwards introduces us to Mariam Paré, who was paralyzed by a bullet in 1996.

02/06/2014

Zac Vawter's 'bionic' leg. (CBS)

Bionic Man: Amputee Controls Artificial Leg With Thoughts

For the first time ever, doctors have developed an artificial leg that is controlled by the person’s thoughts.

09/25/2013

Officials at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago demonstrated high-tech equipment used by the hospital as they broke ground on a new $550 million research hospital. (Credit: Brandis Friedman)

Rehabilitation Institute Breaks Ground On $550M Hospital

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago broke ground Monday morning on a new $550 million research hospital which will provide groundbreaking care.

WBBM Newsradio–07/01/2013

Indego powered exoskeleton (Credit: Parker Hannifin Corporation)

Wearable Robots Getting Lighter, More Portable

When Michael Gore stands, it’s a triumph of science and engineering. Eleven years ago, Gore was paralyzed from the waist down in a workplace accident, yet he rises from his wheelchair to his full 6-foot-2-inches and walks across the room with help from a lightweight wearable robot.

05/09/2013

Carolyn Murray; Michael Klonowski (CBS)

2 Locals Among Guests At State Of The Union Address

Two Chicago area residents have received invitations to attend President Obama’s State of the Union address, for markedly different reasons.

02/11/2013

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk discusses his recovery from a stroke, a day before he returns to work at the U.S. Capitol. Kirk suffered the stroke on Jan. 23, 2012, and underwent extensive rehabilitation before his scheduled return to the Senate on Jan. 3, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Senator Kirk: ‘Stroke Was A Gift From God’

A day before he returns to Congress, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk said the stroke he suffered last January “was a gift from God,” because of the people he’s met during his rehabilitation, and “the inner faith that I developed.”

CBS 2–01/02/2013

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (CBS File Photo)

Sen. Mark Kirk To Return To Capitol Hill A Year After Stroke

Nearly a year after a stroke left him barely able to move the left side of his body, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk is expected to climb the 45 steps to the Senate’s front door this week — a walk that’s significant not just for Illinois’ junior senator, but also for medical researchers and hundreds of thousands of stroke patients.

12/31/2012

Kent Carson, 55, is fitted for prosthetic legs, after he lost both legs and one arm to an infection during treatment for Legionnaire's Disease. He will also get a prosthetic arm at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. (Credit: Steve Miller, WBBM)

Legionnaire’s Survivor Gets Prosthetics To Replace Lost Legs, Arm

He thought he simply had a high fever, but a Round Lake Beach man actually had Legionnaire’s Disease, a deadly form of pneumonia that nearly killed him.

12/04/2012

Zac Vawter, who lost his right leg in a motorcycle accident, became the first person to ever climb the 103 floors of the Willis Tower using a bionic limb on Nov. 4, 2012. (Credit: CBS)

Man Climbs Willis Tower Using Bionic Leg

The metal on Zac Vawter’s bionic leg gleamed as he climbed the 103 floors of Chicago’s iconic Willis Tower, becoming the first person ever to complete the task wearing a mind-controlled prosthetic limb.

11/05/2012

Willis Tower (CBS)

Man With Bionic Leg To Climb To Top Of Willis Tower

Hundreds of people will be taking part in a charity climb to the top of the Willis Tower Sunday, but all eyes will be on one man.

WBBM Newsradio–10/31/2012

This is the first photo of Sen. Mark Kirk since he suffered a stroke in January. (Credit: Rehabilitation Institute Of Chicago)

Senator Kirk Releases New Video About Rehab From Stroke

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk’s office has released a new video showing parts of his continuing recovery from a major stroke in January.

CBS Chicago–08/05/2012

Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Credit: CBS)

Northwestern Memorial Ranks 12th On List Of Best Hospitals

U.S. News & World Report placed Northwestern Memorial Hospital as the 12th on its list for best medical centers in the country this year.

07/17/2012

This is the first photo of Sen. Mark Kirk since he suffered a stroke in January. (Credit: Rehabilitation Institute Of Chicago)

Kirk Releases Video Describing Rehab From Stroke

Less than a week after he was released from the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, following his stroke earlier this year, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) has released a video in which he thanks his doctors, and shows various parts of his intense rehab to learn to walk again.

CBS Chicago–05/08/2012

This is the first photo of Sen. Mark Kirk since he suffered a stroke in January. (Credit: Rehabilitation Institute Of Chicago)

Sen. Kirk Released From Rehab Institute

Nearly four months after suffering a stroke, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) has been released from the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and is now back at his Highland Park home.

CBS Chicago–05/03/2012

Ryan Marron, a police officer from Perth, Australia, traveled to Chicago to visit the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago for treatment after he was bitten by a mosquito, resulting in encephalitis that left him paralyzed and unable to speak. (Credit: CBS)

Disabled Australia Cop Comes To Chicago For Rehab

It happened in the Australian wilderness. A young police officer was bitten by a mosquito and became immobilized, a quadriplegic who also cannot speak. Now he has traveled from down under to Chicago. Here, police officer Ryan Marron hopes he can regain what was lost.

CBS 2–03/28/2012

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (CBS File Photo)

Kirk Starts Rehabilitation Exercises After Stroke

The 52-year-old Republican is adapting well to the program following the stroke he had the weekend of Jan. 21, doctors say.

02/17/2012

CBS McClurg Court Studios

Rehabilitation Institute Moves Ahead With Plans For Old CBS Building Site

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago is moving ahead with its plans for a new hospital on the site of the old CBS Building, according to a published report.

CBS Chicago–01/25/2012