Dr. Max Gomez reports that nearly 10,000 are born with Cerebral Palsy in the US every year. One of their biggest challenges is often walking, but there’s a new technology helping them to take steps on their own again.
MacKenzie Maher is a 13 years old girl who was born with a brain injury. She has Cerebral Palsy and is unable to walk. The only way she could get around was to learn how to crawl.
Her mother, Rhonda Maher said:
“We had to keep MacKenzie on her belly like a wild child to learn to Army crawl.”
The big breakthrough in her ability to walk came when MacKenzie began clinical trials in the Shriners Hospital in Chicago, on a machine called the lokomat. The lokomat works like a robot, teaching patients with CP to walk correctly.
MacKenzie’s endurance improved dramatically.
“Like before I couldn’t even keep up with my family when I was walking. Now my mom says that I have to actually slow down,”
See her video here!