Case 1: When Mark Landers was told he'd never walk again, he looked for a way to beat the odds. Then, he was asked to test out a new medical technology called Safe Gait, and suddenly, the impossible was within his reach.
Mark left the hospital three months after a day that would change his life forever.
"They say I was rubbing my chest, and rubbing my leg, and I didn't know. They thought I was having a heart attack, because I was in perfect health," he said.
It was a tear in his heart valve called an aortic dissection. All of his right leg, and part of his hip had to be amputated. He was told he'd never walk again.
"The nerves had died, they just didn't think it was a possibility," said Mark's wife Michelle. ...or so they thought.
"Mentally, your brain needs to tell you to take that first step in order to walk again," Mark said.
However, the body needs a boost. and Mark is getting it from new technology created right in our backyard called Safe Gait. Mark was one of the first to use it here at Nazareth College.
"Using the system, we were able to do things we'd never done before, like get rid of both crutches, barely holding on to my hands," said Dr. J.J. Mowder-Tinney of Nazareth College.
It's a ceiling mounted race track, which attaches to a body harness to hold Mark up. It lets him move 360 degrees, and therapists can adjust the level of support.
"I didn't have to worry about crushing the PT, and falling and hurting myself, and going back into the hospital," Mark said.
This breakthrough didn't come from a medical research lab. It came from Gorbel Inc., a local company that makes industrial cranes. One employee's daughter suffered a brain injury, and believed the same technology they make to lift heavy equipment could be used to lift people in therapy.
"That so aligns with what we can do from a technology standpoint. That even better aligns with how we can improve people's lives," said Brian Reh, President & CEO of Gorbel Inc.
It has for Mark. "To come as far as he's come is nothing short of a miracle," Michelle said.
Now Mark's eyes are on the next big goal - a first dance at his daughter's August wedding - and maybe even one more miracle...
"My goal is to be able to walk down, walk her down the aisle, and hand her to her new husband," he said.
Safe Gait has been tested at Nazareth College, Monroe Community Hospital, the University of Rochester Medical Center and other local hospitals. It makes its national debut next week.-Update by Physiotherapy Jobs Portal.
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