Robotic Treadmill Helps Once-Paralyzed Woman Walk on Her Own Again

A woman who was paralyzed after breaking her neck in a trampoline accident has regained the ability to walk using a robotic treadmill-like device, according to the U.K.'s Daily Mail.

Jeanette Sykes, 39, broke her neck while jumping on a trampoline at a friend's barbecue in July 2006. She was told she would be in a wheelchair for the rest of her life, according to the report.

After five months of rehabilitation at the Spinal Injuries Center at Pinderfields Hospital in West Yorkshire, England, doctors decided to try a new piece of equipment it was testing on her called the Lokomat.

The device is a Swiss-made robotic harness mounted on a treadmill. It allows patients to walk without the weight of the body and improves mobility. Sykes was one of the first people in England to test the machine.

Four weeks after trying it, she was able to walk short distances with the help of crutches, the Mail reported.

Two years after the accident, she is still unable to return to work as a hairdresser, but can walk around on her own, according to the report.

"I don't want to be a killjoy but they [trampolines] really are that dangerous. I am living proof of that."

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