WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A retired army sergeant has just crossed the finish line of the New York City Marathon on November 3rd, making her the first paralyzed service member to complete the famous run.
- In addition, she also successfully covered over 25 miles in a span of three days in an exoskeleton suit, which marks her as the first in the world to achieve the run with the device.
- Crafted by ReWalk, the therapeutic exoskeleton suit was created to help paraplegics move around again.
Retired Army Sergeant Theresa Vereline recently finished the New York City Marathon, making her the first paralyzed American to complete the famous event. And she is also the world’s first veteran to accomplish the run with an exoskeleton.
In a press release, Vereline said: “This has been a dream of mine, and I hope I can serve as an inspiration to others that you too can achieve what seems like the impossible — especially all of the disabled children I meet across the country”.
According to the marathon organizers, Vereline finished the first 10 miles of the marathon which stretches through 5 boroughs of New York City over three days under the supervision of the New York Road Runners. She crossed the finish line at 6:35 PM on November 3rd after walking 10 miles on Nov. 1st, another 10 miles on the 2nd and covering the last 6.2 on the actual marathon day.
The ReWalk 5.0 exoskeleton suit which is developed by robotic company ReWalk comes with crutches to help paraplegics move around easier. A national procurement policy was established by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for eligible retired service members to receive one of the life-changing devices.
Following FDA approval, 65-year-old Vereline who became paralyzed in 2011 became the first veteran to use the device. Since then, she has travelled around the world sharing the benefits of the exoskeleton on her life and health.
“We are incredibly proud of her. Her achievement at the marathon and her efforts to help others with disability are inspirations to us all,” said Andy Dolan, ReWalk’s vice president of marketing in an email to CNET.
Often, patients with spinal cord injuries need more care than others because they suffer from a range of health problems including urinary tract infections, bone density loss, chronic pain, and pressure ulcers. But standing up and walking around even though unsteady greatly improves blood circulation and oxygen intake and can strengthen heart health.
Source: Good News Network