Restoring the ability to walk is a key step toward independence
Restoring the ability to walk is a key step toward independence

Caregiver Donna Lynch

My daughter, Rebecca is 13 and has been using the Up n’ Go for just under 5 months. After scoliosis surgery, Rebecca lost her ability to walk, even with a forward walker. Her therapist loaned our family an Up n’ Go and we began using it twice a week in physical therapy. We are now beginning to use it at home. We are encouraging Rebecca’s school to purchase an Up n’ Go as well.

Rebecca needs a lot of support to be able to walk. She can barely move her legs. With the Up n’ Go, her father supports her from behind, and helps her to move forward. She can now walk down a hill near our home and back. During therapy, Rebecca uses the Up n’ Go to practice standing, transferring her weight, and to practice supported walking. Unlike the Gait Trainer which did not support her weight, the Up n’ Go is set to hold 30% of her weight, and as she progresses, this percentage can be dropped down.

I hope that the Up n’ Go will get Rebecca back into more independent activities. The Up n’ Go has given Rebecca hope.

Sincerely,

Donna Lynch
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