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Woman, 65, Becomes First Paralyzed Veteran To Complete Marathon Using A Robotic Exoskeleton

Woman, 65, Becomes First Paralyzed Veteran To Complete Marathon Using A Robotic Exoskeleton

Vereline became paralyzed in 2011, and she became the first veteran to receive a device following FDA clearance.

Retired Army Sergeant Theresa Vereline, a paralyzed veteran just completed the New York City Marathon without the help of a wheelchair or her legs. By doing so, she became the first veteran in the world to complete it with an exoskeleton. "Words cannot express the feelings I had crossing the finish line," Vereline said in a press release. "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 Good News Network, Vereline managed to complete the first 10 mile stretch of the marathon which runs through each of the five boroughs of New York City, over the course of three days under the supervision of the New York Road Runners, who were the organizers of the marathon. She walked 10 miles of the 26.2 on November 1, and another 10 miles on November 2 and finally, she completed the last 6.2 on the day of the actual marathon. She crossed the finish line on November 3 at 6:35 pm.



 

Using the ReWalk 5.0 exoskeleton suit, which is designed to help paraplegics move around with the help of crutches for balance, she was able to achieve this feat. Would they have ever found a better brand ambassador than Vereline? The US Department of Veterans Affairs established a national procurement policy that allowed retired service members who are eligible to receive one of the life-changing devices. 



 

In 2011, Vereline became paralyzed, and she became the first veteran to receive a device following FDA clearance. Since then, she has traveled the world to speak about the impact the exoskeleton has had 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,” Andy Dolan, ReWalk’s vice president of marketing, told CNET in an email exchange.

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"Ever since the day I stood up in the ReWalk for the first time, opportunities I never thought I'd have again were laid out before me," Vereline added.  "I trained hard and was able to achieve something amazing. And I am grateful for the chance to be able to stand and walk again every day." The company claims its mission is to fundamentally change the quality of life for individuals with lower limb disabilities through the creation and development of market-leading robotic technologies.



 

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