Woman with paraplegia showcases “ReWalk” – the exoskeleton she is using to walk

Developed by the University of Maryland’s Rehabilitation and Orthopaedic Institute, “ReWalk” is an exoskeleton that allows people with spinal cord injuries to stand up and walk using a control worn on the wrist. Marcela Turnage, a 32-year old mother who was paralyzed in a car accident in 2002, is one of five patients using ReWalk as a form of physical therapy. According to Turnage, “After the first time [using ReWalk] I was so happy that I cried driving to work afterward. Just to stand and walk for an hour or two or three a week, it’s awesome.”

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Emily Pate is a third-year student at Seattle University interested in Strategic Communications, learning Spanish, and working with non-profits. Her work for Rooted In Rights is focused on discussing current events in the community of people with disabilities. Her experience previous to Rooted In Rights includes writing broadcasts for KBOO radio in Portland, OR, and managing a neighborhood blog in the Seattle community. In addition to work, Emily enjoys drawing, spending time with her friends and family, and backpacking.