Fort Worth, Texas — On February 14, 2006 Cleburne-resident Barry Callaway’s life changed in an instance when he was involved in a motorcycle accident that landed him in a coma for two months. Callaway was told by his doctor that he would never walk or talk again due to a brain injury suffered in the crash; but after spending a total of four months in the hospital and then another two months in a rehabilitation center, Callaway has defied all odds. Not only is he talking just as he did before the accident, he now has restored mobility thanks to the WalkAide, a device which combats a form of paralysis known as “foot drop” due to traumatic brain injury as in Callaway’s case, in addition to incomplete spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, and multiple sclerosis.
Before his injury, Callaway could be seen on the golf course multiple times a week, but the paralysis Callaway suffered in the accident restricted him from participating in his favorite pastime. However, Callaway was fit with the WalkAide in September 2009 and was back on the golf course soon after.
Callaway recently spoke to several local media outlets about the WalkAide and what a difference it is making in his life:
Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Device helps those with 'drop foot' walk
Cleburne Times-Review: Faith key in man’s survival; technology puts him in full stride
WFAA-TV (ABC): New technology helping some in wheelchairs walk again
About the WalkAide – An intelligent functional electrical stimulation (FES) system, the WalkAide restores mobility to people who suffer from a form of lower leg paralysis known as foot drop due to stroke, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, and incomplete spinal cord injury. About the size of an iPod and worn around the calf just below the knee, the WalkAide applies low level electrical currents directly to the peroneal nerve (i.e. the motor nerve that controls the movement of the ankle and foot) and instruct the muscles to flex the foot at the appropriate time in the gait cycle. It uses Bluetooth technology to communicate during programming and a patented tilt accelerometer.
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