Paralyzed Mom Walks Again

Woman Regains Ability To Walk With Robotic Suit A young mom paralyzed in a car crash three weeks after her brother was killed on his motorbike can walk again...

Woman Regains Ability To Walk With Robotic Suit

A young mom paralyzed in a car crash three weeks after her brother was killed on his motorbike can walk again thanks to an Iron Man-style robo-suit. Monique Kelley, 28, was pinned to the ground by her SUV after it slid across black ice, flipped over and smashed into a tree.

The barbershop owner awoke to the sound of her six-year-old son Kamden’s voice on a rural road near Klamath Falls, Oregon, USA. While Monique’s little boy – who had been asleep in the back seat – was uninjured in the crash, she had to be freed from the wreck by rescuers.

She suffered devastating injuries including a T7 spinal burst fracture which left her paralyzed below the chest as well as broken ribs, a punctured lung and concussion. Ten months after the horror crash in January 2018, Monique remains in recovery.

Despite all odds, she has learned how to get into her wheelchair unaided and to stand up with support and is now learning to use a robotic ‘exoskeleton’. She is taking part in a clinical trial at Stanford University where she will be given a high-tech ReWalk suit for one year.

The wearable device is strapped to the legs and provides the power necessary to take steps, which allows movement and helps strengthen the muscles. Monique says every step she takes is in honor of her brother, Kevin Mayo, 25, who died last December in an alleged road rage incident.

Monique from Oregon said: “Using the exoskeleton for the first time was an extremely emotional experience. It was in fact the first time my legs had taken steps like that since the crash.”

Her next milestone is to walk unaided, and the clinical trial she’s taking part in could prove a huge help in allowing her to take her first step.

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