Bionic Suit Helps Paralyzed Woman Complete Marathon

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A paralyzed British woman became the first person to complete a marathon in a bionic suit as she crossed the finishing line in London on Tuesday 16 days after the race began.

Claire Lomas was in tears but said she was “over the moon” as she completed the 26.2-mile (42.2 kilometer) course in her bionic ReWalk suit, which mimics the response that the wearer’s joints would make if they were not paralyzed.

Hundreds of people lined the streets and three mounted members of the Household Cavalry gave the 32-year-old a guard of honor as she finished the course on The Mall in central London.

Lomas, a former chiropractor who was left paralyzed from the chest down following a horse-riding accident five years ago, said: “There were times when I questioned whether I would make it when I was training.

“Once I started, I just took each day as it came and every step got me a step closer.”

source : http://news.discovery.com/adventure/british-woman-makes-marathon-history-bionic-suit-120509.html

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