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Jerry Chapman uses the robotic
exoskeleton at GMC's Glancy
Rehabilitation Center.

boom-the doctors are telling me I may
never walk again."
After three weeks recovering in the
hospital, Jerry was admitted to Gwinnett
Medical Center's Glancy Rehabilitation
Center for 25 grueling days of inpatient
rehabilitation. Never one to be deterred,
Jerry entered rehab with a newfound
purpose-when asked what his goal was,
Jerry replied, "I want to walk out of here."
That's when Jerry received word
that he had been chosen as the very
first patient to receive treatment
using Glancy's newest piece of rehab
equipment-the Indego Exoskeleton.
Recently purchased for Glancy with

funds from the Gwinnett Medical Center
Foundation, the exoskeleton uses the
latest in robotic technology to assist in
rehabilitation for patients with weakness
or paralysis in their lower extremities.
A series of sophisticated motors and
advanced sensors allow patients to stand
and walk, helping to retrain the muscles
and nerves to improve mobility.

"The exoskeleton was initially
designed for patients with spinal cord
injuries but was recently certified by
the FDA to treat stroke," says Linlin
Jiang, physical therapist at Glancy
Rehabilitation Center. "That made Jerry
the perfect candidate."
"When I started out, both of my legs
were completely numb," Jerry recalls.
"The exoskeleton had to do all the work
for me. Linlin had to remind me that
therapy doesn't work overnight. They
kept pushing me, and before long I
started to get feeling back in my left leg."

On the Road to Recovery

Linlin believes his progress is no
coincidence. "During his treatment,
Jerry began to experience increased
sensation in his leg, as well as increased

muscle control. I personally believe
the exoskeleton helped speed up
his recovery."
"I'm a firm believer that nothing is ever
given to you-you have to work for it,"
Jerry says. "They told me to take 10 steps,
so I took 20. It's all about your attitude."
But that doesn't mean Jerry had
to face it alone. "My medical team
pushed me, my wife pushed me-they
never stopped believing in me. Even in
moments of weakness, Leanne would
always say 'you're not laying down on
my shift!' I've never given up, and it's all
because of the overwhelming support
I've received throughout my recovery."
And recover he has. Since he began
using the exoskeleton, Jerry has
regained function in his left leg and can
even wiggle the toes on his right foot.
He went from zero hip movement to
mobility on both sides. He is no longer
incontinent and has grown strong enough
to take back some of his functional
independence-one step at a time.
"I wouldn't have this kind of mobility
in my hips and legs if it weren't for
Glancy Rehabilitation Center and the
exoskeleton. It may take a month, it
may take a year-but I will walk again. I
think the exoskeleton is going to help a
whole lot of people walk again." ■

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Whether you're getting back
to your day-to-day routine, or
adjusting to a new normal, the
experts at Glancy Rehabilitation
Center provide the care you
need to get back to enjoying
your life. To learn more about
how Glancy prepares you to
take your next step in life, visit
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