Help me Walk Again With The Ekso Skeleton.

Hi. I'm Nigel Erb.

Some 5 years ago I suffered a rare spinal cord stroke. I was living in London at the time. This left me a L1 Asia C paraplegic with no initial movement below my hips. Whether I would ever walk again was an unknown.

Throughout the past 5 years I have continued my physio, yoga, pool session routine each week having always held the belief that walking for me was still possible.

Significant movement in both legs has returned but I am still unable to stand or walk without aides, such as the Gutter frame  or a bar to lean on.  

I started to research alternative solutions...

This led me to discover a new bionic machine called the Ekso skeleton. It was being used to help SCI and TBI patients rehabilitate. Immediately I felt that if anything was going to help me get up and running it would be something like this. I subsequently discovered that the Ekso was not in any facility in NZ or as far as I know, in Australia either. If I was going to have the opportunity to use it I would have to search further afield. A few options in different countries were available to me but I chose Regibase which is located one hours drive south of Prague.

My first Ekso Experience

I transferred from my wheelchair into the Ekso. Basically I was inside a robot. Operated by the physio, the Ekso raised me up to a standing position and began to walk me step by step. Whilst I supported myself with a walking frame. The physio instructed me not to do anything.

"This first time just let the Ekso do everything, you concentrate on being as upright as possible.” He advised.

Walking inside a robot was amazing  and I immediately became convinced that a more intensive program using the Ekso would help me to achieve my goal.

It will require a substantial amount of money so I will be fundraising for the next few months then returning there later this year.

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I need your help.

Over the next few months I'll be crowdfunding my trip to Prague through my Givealittle, hosting Dance Parties and running TradeMe Auctions with heaps of awesome products people have kindly donated.

Target: $35,000

Raised: $12,440