The story about the miracle of technology…and the grit and determination of this thirty-four year old man.
Via Times of Israel.
Britain’s Simon Kindleysides, a 34-year old man paralyzed from the waist down, set out at 10 a.m. on Sunday and in 36 hours walked the London Marathon, becoming the first paralyzed man to complete the course on foot. To perform his feat, he used Israeli technology — the ReWalk exoskeleton, a suit for patients with spinal cord injuries that helps them walk independently with the help of computers and motion sensors….
“This is the furthest I have ever walked in my entire life,” he said at 22 miles. And at mile 25, he said, “Bring it on, I’m almost there.” He hit 26.2 miles (42.2 kilometers) at around 11 p.m. on Monday amid cheering crowds, raising his arms in victory. The marathon winner, Eliud Kipchoge, crossed the finish line in little over two hours.
Kindleysides was diagnosed in 2013 with a neurological condition and a benign brain tumor that left him paralyzed from the waist down.
In 2012, Claire Lomas, paralyzed from the chest down, completed the marathon course at the London Paralympics using the ReWalk exoskeleton….
“I just wanted to show that anything is possible if you put your mind to it,” he said. “You can stay in bed and feel sorry for yourself or get out and enjoy your life, because you are only here once.”….