Bionic legs enable paraplegics to walk

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Bionic legs enable paraplegics to walk

Post by oneh2obabe »

October 21, 2010
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A paraplegic for 18 years, Amanda Boxtel stands from her wheelchair and takes a few tentative steps.

She beams as the bionic skeleton she is wearing helps propel her legs forward.

“To take my first step … was just astounding … and then I took another step and another one,” she exclaims afterwards.

It is a dream come true for Boxtel, who was paralyzed in a skiing accident.

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Re: Bionic legs enable paraplegics to walk

Post by Catz »

That is totally amazing!
I remember after my 'accident' with the physio and rehab...well lets just say that when you can get those first few steps is an amazing experience. To go from walking/running to being paralized with a spinal cord injury, but then working your but off to prove everyone wrong...amazing.
Walking...just an amazing gift.
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All I can say is wow. Technology is a beautiful thing.
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Re: Bionic legs enable paraplegics to walk

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I know Amanda Boxtel from my years working with her in Aspen, Colorado (2000 - 2008). She co-founded Challenge Aspen about 12 years ago, and she has been an inspiration to me ever since meeting her for the first time. She taught me so much about teaching skiing to people with disabilities, and her mantra of "Teach to the participant, not the disability" has become the cornerstone of my life. (Hopefully, I can continue my "calling" here in Kelowna, as I just moved here). I was not at all surprised when she sprung all this "bionic legs" news on us these past few weeks!

Anyone who would like more information from Amanda, please feel free to let me know. I would love the opportunity to invite her here this winter to go skiing!

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