Gerry McCabe steps up to provide robotic walking service for the Midlands
Article by Jane Evans
Gerry McCabe who suffered a complete spinal cord injury considers himself fortunate to be the proud owner of an Ekso Bionic Suit. Gerry’s dream of walking again after his accident came true following fund raising activities by family and friends. Gerry is now setting out to make his Ekso Bionic suit available to provide Ekso Walking Therapy for other other people in his community. Last week Gerry hosted Ekso training courses at Banagher College for local therapist, Nicholas Lalor, HQ Physio and neuro physiotherapist Dr Marcin Uszynski who works with the MS Society in Galway. The training was conducted by Sandy Laping of Ekso Bionics. Banagher College’s fine sports hall provided an ideal setting and the impressive home economics lab became a welcome respite from training with refreshments and expertly home cooked goodies provided by Gerry’s wife Dolores.
Having experienced the benefits of Ekso Walking over the past year, Gerry now wants to make people more aware of this opportunity. Many people do not realise they can become gradually more disabled due to imposed immobility. Secondary complications associated with long term wheelchair use and impaired gait can undermine quality of life and in some cases even be life threatening. Gerry speaks of the psychological and physical benefits of standing up and walking.
We are not designed to spend our lives sitting down
This video shows Rosaleen Rafter walking in Gerry’s Ekso Bionic Suit supported during training by (left) Dr. Marcin Uszynski and (right) Nicholas Lalor.