Walking into the Emergency Department at the Perth Children’s Hospital with their sick two-year-old daughter Amelia, Brianna and Russell felt…
Angus suffered irreparable damage to his spine in a motorbike accident near his family home in Dampier. He became a paraplegic after colliding with a kangaroo, changing his world forever.
After three months of rehabilitation at Princess Margaret Hospital, Angus was given the chance to “walk” again. With the help of an exoskeleton ReWalk device, he was once again able to stand alongside his mum, Deb.
The high-tech device is a wearable robotic frame with motors at the hip and knee joints that enables people who are paralysed to experience facilitated walking.
Thanks to Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation supporters, the be giving group, PMH was able to acquire this cutting-edge equipment.
This ReWalk device is the first to be used in a paediatric setting in Australia and there are only three other ReWalk devices in paediatric hospitals in the world.
“Moving in the device isn’t normal like when I used to be able to walk, but it’s good fun and it’s good to keep a bit of muscle in my legs,” Angus said.
PMH paediatrician and rehabilitation specialist Dr Kate Langdon said the device was life changing.
It will provide patients with all the health benefits of walking including improved cardiovascular, hormonal, digestive, bone strengthening and joint health.
“The ReWalk will help us preserve the health of many children so they can take advantage of whatever may be around the corner in terms of future medical advances. We cannot thank the Foundation and be giving enough for the opportunity to give these children hope.”
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