DAMASCUS, 27 April (BelTA - SANA Agensy). - Syrian innovator, Eng. Hikma Jabouli, won first place in the World Intellectual Property Day competition by inventing a smart electronic device that helps paraplegics to walk, move and stand.
In a statement to SANA immediately after the results were released, the engineer affirmed that she was able to obtain the largest number of votes in the competition, expressing her great happiness at winning and that she was able to represent Syria globally.
Jabouli thanked every Syrian who supported her and everyone who contributed to the delivery of her message globally, stressing her determination to continue her efforts to come up with new inventions that serve her countrymen and to continue on the same path.
The 25-year-old engineer, a graduate of Damascus University, Department of Medical Engineering, managed to invent a smart electronic orthosis for paraplegics in order to support her little sister Ghazal, who sustained a shrapnel injury during the terrorist war on Syria.
The device invented by Hikma was granted a patent in 2018 and was awarded the WIPO Gold Medal in 2019 from the World Intellectual Property Organization in Switzerland.
Jabouli, along with inventors from 63 countries, participated in the competition, which is based on public votes.