The London Marathon may have taken place on 22 April but it was only 16 days later that Claire Lomas finally finished the 26.2 miles. Claire was paralysed from the chest following an Eventing accident in 2007 and since then has sought to regain control of her life. She decided to take part in the London maratnon to raise funds for Spinal Research and awareness of the effects that spinal injuries bring.
Covering a painstaking 2 miles per day Claire used a Re Walk suit developed by Argo Medical in Israel, to support her body by means of an exo skeleton and, with the aid of crutches, was able to progress along the course step by step.
The Re Walk uses a light brace support suit, which integrates actuation motors at the joints, an array of motion sensors, a computer system based on sophisticated control and safety algorithms and tailored rechargeable batteries. It restores a person’s mobility functions, thus improving both quality of life and physical health, while allowing control of all mobility functions.
Claire has raised £120000 by her inspirational effort for Spinal Research.