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article imageI Will Walk Again - New hope for Victims of Paralysis

By Kyle Pallanik     Jun 16, 2007 in Health
Using a high tech new machine, Rosalie St. Jean is striding towards a recovery that doctors told her would never be possible. Thanks to the new technology and her determined spirit, she has already regained movement in her upper body.
The treatment uses a high-tech machine that is the only one open to the public in Canada, at a new clinic in Toronto. Rosalie is strapped into the machine, which helps her through the motions of walking, allowing her 'to take a full natural stride pattern' according to owner Aaron Stiller.
The amazing technology also comes with an amazing cost of $200 per hour. It has already cost Rosalie $80,000 for the treatment, which she could never afford on her own, but she is able to continue thanks to the generous donations from her community.
"I can lift my hands above my head and I'm able to move my core and my legs move sometimes"
"I know I'm going to do it." said Rosalie to City News reporters.
"The people, any kind of support whether financially or emotionally, are definitely my strength. I'm so grateful," she said in an emotional voice, as I watched the news clip on CP24 news.
Theraputix just opened and hope to use the machine to help as many as seven clients per day with similar treatment.
Doctors had told Rosalie that she would have to get used to living a life dependent on others and while that may be true right now, given enough support from the therapy and her community and family, she may yet be the independent girl that she was before the accident.
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