Daily Archives: February 27, 2012
ISLAMABAD: Disability is in the environment, not the person. “These customised wheelchairs that we have received today will bridge the gap between the differently-abled and the constricted environment.” These words reflect the morale of 22-year old Sumaya Ilyas, who lost her legs to polio at age two. She was talking to The Express Tribune at a media briefing on the distribution of customised wheelchairs in Pakistan by Walkabout Foundation at Marriott Hotel on Sunday.
The wheelchairs Illyas was referring to were provided by Walkabout Foundation in collaboration with the Mahvash and Jahangir Siddiqui Foundation, JS Bank and the Special Talent Exchange Programme.
With research offering promise, the focus of treatment has changed.
Brendan Loney can’t move his legs, but once a week, he sure does run.
Suspended by a harness from the ceiling at Courage Center in Golden Valley, the 23-year stares ahead at a mirror while two therapists move his stocky legs across a treadmill. A third therapist straddles the treadmill and keeps Loney balanced. A fourth controls the machine and rotates in when the others get tired.
For Loney, who was paralyzed from the neck down in a 2009 diving accident, the exhausting “locomotor” therapy serves several purposes. It helps his body fight infections. It keeps his muscles strong.