A rider who was paralyzed in a car accident has challenged the odds of riding again due to a revolutionary bionic exoskeleton.
Jemima Green, 27, of Beaminster, Dorset, was sitting in the back seat of a car when the vehicle was hit in the head three years ago, instantly killing her friend and fellow traveler.
After suffering a spinal cord injury that left her paralyzed from the waist down, the doctors told Ms. Green that she would never ride again.
By refusing to give up the sport she loves, Ms. Green began to strengthen herself by walking with an exoskeleton, called EksoGT, which left her strong enough to ride a horse despite her disability.
Now, riding twice a week, he won a race against other disabled riders in May last year and finished third in a competition against six healthy cyclists a month later.
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Ex-jockey Jemima Green, who was paralyzed in a car accident, has challenged the possibilities of riding again due to a revolutionary bionic exoskeleton. Ms. Green is photographed using the exoskeleton to help rebuild her muscular and central strength, and to relearn how to stand and walk
After being told she would never ride again, Ms. Green has developed her core strength enough to be able to ride a horse. You see Mrs. Green competing after the car accident
Ms. Green suffered a spinal cord injury after a van hit a car in which she was traveling as a passenger three years ago. She says she saw her friend and fellow traveler die "instantly"
WHAT IS THE EKSOGT EXOSKELETON?
EksoGT is the first portable exoskeleton that is approved for the rehabilitation of strokes and spinal cord injuries in the US. UU It is also available in the United Kingdom.
It is designed to help patients relearn step patterns and weight changes when they try to get back on their feet.
EksoGT stimulates the nerves through an electric current to cause muscular contractions.
This can allow muscles to train even if part or all of the voluntary control is on the list.
The nerve stimulation can be controlled by a doctor to ensure that the patient is in the correct position and that he is walking at the correct speed.
According to its manufacturer, EksoGT & # 39; offers the hope of greater mobility and independence & # 39; in patients who thought they would never stop or walk again.
Source: Ekso Bionics
Speaking of the accident, Ms. Green said: "One night, in the back seat of a car with my friends, a van hit us right away.
"I saw my friend sitting next to me die instantly and I suffered a spinal cord injury.
"I remember sitting in the hospital saying that I wanted to travel again and the doctors told me I could never go back." I said, "that's not an option."
The doctors offered Ms. Green the exoskeleton, manufactured by Ekso Bionics, to help her relearn how to stand and walk.
Ms. Green said: "I felt I was exercising, which was very exciting, and it allowed me to strengthen my core so I could control it again." It has been a massive part of my rehabilitation.
"My physical condition and endurance have increased and my feet do not swell as they used to.
"When I started walking, I got very hot and sweaty.
& # 39; That does not happen anymore & # 39;
Ms. Green was offered the exoskeleton because it was the only way she could exercise
She won a race against other disabled riders in May of last year (in the picture after the car accident)
Ms. Green loves horses and was devastated when doctors said that riding "was not an option".
In the picture before the accident, Ms. Green used to compete as a successful jockey
Now paralyzed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair, she still visits the animals
In addition to improving her physical condition, the exoskeleton allowed Ms. Green to participate in the sport she loves.
She said: "It allowed me to compete twice and even make a race against riders without disabilities.
"I had to take some time off for health reasons, but I hope to compete again before the end of the year.
I'm trying to keep my balance on the horse and keep it from going back when I'm not supposed to.
"It's quite difficult without the muscles of the lower back, but I hope to get there soon."
The training with exoskeletion has increased the resistance of Ms. Green. Initially, her feet would swell and she would get sweaty when using it, however, her physical condition has improved since then
Although riding again, Ms. Green still struggles with poor strength of the lower back
Your goal is to improve your balance on a horse so you can keep competing (pictured below)