Paraplegic British Cop Walks

nicki-rewalk-at-cstWhat a remarkable story! But in a way, it’s not. It’s what happens in societies that are free to develop new ideas and revolutionary concepts. Remember, there was a day when the steam engine was just as remarkable. From Jewish News via Weaponsman

Nicki Donnelly was confined to a wheelchair after being seriously injured in the line of duty in 2009, but thanks to Israeli technology, she can independently move again.

Addressing an audience at the Community Security Trust (CST) on Tuesday night, the former West Midlands policewoman was presented with her personal ReWalk exoskeleton by sponsors, the Gerald Ronson Family Foundation and CST.

Speaking to Jewish News, Nicki, who started using the suit in April 2016, and who was moving independently in just seven weeks, paid tribute to the Israeli inventor, before thanking the Jewish community.

She said: “I’ve received a great awareness of the Jewish community. The more I tell the story about the Israeli inventor, who’s quadriplegic, the more it’s created an awareness that good technology comes from Israel.”

Nicki added: “It’s a number one goal to meet the Israeli inventor, Amit Goffer. I am truly grateful for his role in this.”

Hognose adds,

It made us curious, first, about medically-retired British police officer Nicki Donnelly. Turns out, she is also a photographic model and has a bio page at an agency for models with disabilities, in which she describes the cataclysmic career change imposed on her in a few violent seconds.

Do follow that link, this is one seriously impressive lady. To continue with the story

Just when my career progressed in the police force, specialized Firearms training, I was hit in a Road Traffic Collision, leaving me paralyzed waist down, complete paraplegia, t4 including limited fingers & hands function due to degenerative bone and joint disease.

My independence was gone and I was no longer in control. Now, after 5 years, I accepted myself and new opportunities came my way. I have also accepted I do require care needs and have helped when needed, but I am no longer afraid. I am so proud to use wheelchairs; they are my legs, an extension of me. My wheelchairs represent me.

The battery-powered system features a light, wearable exoskeleton with motors at the hip and knee joints. The ReWalker controls movement using subtle changes in his/her center of gravity. A forward tilt of the upper body is sensed by the system, which initiates the first step. Repeated body shifting generates a sequence of steps which mimics a functional natural gait of the legs.

via Paraplegic British Cop Walks, Thanks Israeli Inventor | WeaponsMan

Best story I’ve read all year!


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6 Responses to Paraplegic British Cop Walks

  1. the unit says:

    Very inspiring story. And here I was last week at two doctors appointments (one primary care, one renal specialist) complaining about my osteoarthritis. Well… they both did ask me if I had any complaints. I didn’t really complain a lot. Just said it was bothering me.
    She’s an amazing young woman. And I’m sure the quadriplegic Israeli inventor is too. And her sponsors, the Gerald Ronson Family Foundation and CST.
    But I bet somewhere there is some __________(fill in the blank) Lives Matter, Soros sponsored protesters chiding her for not giving some fairness doctrine to Muslim Outreach.
    And can you believe some European countries want to sanction Israeli ingenuity and not do business? Or I read they are at least considering it.

    Liked by 1 person

    • NEO says:

      Anti-Semitism runs deep in Europe. It costs them much, not least in American support. Obviously not as bad in Britain, unless you listen to the Labour Party or the BBC (Yes, I repeat myself) but it exists. Here too, of course, but not nearly as bad.

      Liked by 1 person

      • the unit says:

        Anti-Semitic? I don’t know. Actually I never asked myself why is there anti-Semitism. It just was. Like the old joke about the French army rifle for sale. Just the way it was. So I decided to look around. Quora users had some thoughts. One person, self described as an Indian, listed some anti-Semitics and said they all have crazy ideas.
        So anyway I figured it out. Somewhere, sometime, or something or ‘nother…somebody done somebody wrong…song. 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

        • NEO says:

          ‘Bout the size of it. It’s as silly as racism, which our friend Jan got himself banned the other day for showing his by accusing me of it. It’s nonsense, people are people. 🙂

          Liked by 1 person

        • the unit says:

          Yeah, he reminds me of the smart aleck serviceman in the video prior. Irritating, but usually not dangerous or worth worrying about. Oh, the serviceman more valuable…being a “Yank.”
          Now I’m being the smart aleck. 🙂

          Liked by 1 person

        • NEO says:

          Who knows, I tend to be! 🙂


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