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Patient Stories

Making The Walk

Making The Walk Michaela Morris's Story

For James River High School senior Michaela Morris, completing high school and going to Randolph Macon College was only one part of her plan. She wanted to surprise both sets of grandparents and walk across the stage to receive her diploma.

Michaela is a Chesterfield, Virginia native who, due to autoimmune issues, lost the function of her legs two years ago and is wheelchair bound. She came to Sheltering Arms to work with Calla Stehle and John Kobal to train and learn to walk using an exoskeleton. The Indego® is a powered lower limb exoskeleton enabling wheelchair-bound or injured people to walk and participate in over-ground gait training.

After several months of practice, Michaela got her dream and she found the power to overcome.

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