HELPING INDIVIDUALS WITH TBI, STROKE & SPINAL CORD INJURY WALK AGAIN
A Search for Lokomat® Donors, led by:
In 2006, Michael Coss - a loving father of two - was at the height of happiness. But one early morning, a catastrophic car accident on the Coquihalla Highway would change his life forever.
Enduring nearly fatal injuries, and trapped in a state of comatose, doctors advised Michael's family to start searching for a long-term care facility to look after him for the rest of his life. Changes of recovery were remote,
Little did these doctors know.
Miraculously awakening after six and a half months, Michael was faced with the challenges of traumatic brain injury that made him unable to eat, talk or walk. Yet, Michael was determined to re-learn and become an active participant in his community again.
With the help a team of dedicated physiotherapists and access to the state-of-art walking rehabilitation device Lokomat®, Michael took his first steps 6 years after the accident. Fast-forward to today, and Michael is now walking, assisted only by his cane.
Through Project Lokomat, our goal is to raise $500,000 for state-of-the-art Lokomat robot-assisted physiological gait rehabilitation therapy for Fraser Valley individuals with neurological injuries.
For persons with traumatic and acquired neurological disorders, spinal injuries or individuals recovering from stroke, the Lokomat® offers the opportunity to optimize recovery and experience the ability to walk again.
ROAD TO RECOVERY
1.6 million people are served by the Fraser Health Authority.
We are on a mission to bring them the best rehabilitation therapy available.
Why We Are Doing It
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THE LOKOMAT® IS
A GAME CHANGER
Pauline Martin, Registered Physiotherapist at Neuromotion Physiotherapy + Rehabilitation Clinic, and initiator of Project Lokomat, has been working with individuals with neurological conditions for the past 24 years.
She has successfully helped bring Lokomats to Vancouver and Victoria, and is now determined to bring one to Surrey and the Fraser Valley.
Pauline Martin, MSc. Registered Physiotherapist & Owner,
Neuromotion Physiotherapy + Rehabilitation Clinics
HOW THE LOKOMAT
The Lokomat® is a highly intensive physiological gait rehabilitation device for severely impaired
neurological individuals. It is based on research and development activities at the Balgrist University Hospital in Switzerland and has been developed and produced by Hocoma since 2001. With over 325 peer-reviewed publications, the Lokomat® was the first automated gait therapy robot and is the most reviewed robotic device from both scientific and therapeutic perspectives.
Using the Lokomat® system, the client is suspended in a harness over the treadmill, and the robotic frame is fitted to the client's legs. The robotic frame then moves the client's legs (with or without the client's active participation) in a natural walking pattern. The computer-controlled guidance allows individual adjustments of different gait parameters such as stride length and amount of weight-bearing.
Bringing a Lokomat to Fraser Valley represents a significant investment for our community.
We can't do it without a donor.
HELP PEOPLE WITH NEUROLOGICAL CONDITIONS AND DISORDERS WALK AGAIN
BRING THE BEST AVAILABLE WALKING ASSISTANCE DEVICES TO THE FRASER VALLEY
PROVIDE A TOOL TO ADVANCE RESEARCH AND SCIENCE
HOW THE LOKOMAT®
IS IMPACTING LIVES
My name is Adams Ogale,
and I am a creative stylist.
I am also quadriplegic, following an accident in 2014.
Because of my condition, I don't move a lot and my muscles tend to get really tight and uncomfortable, Using the Lokomat® as part of my physiotherapy is really vital for me.
The Lokomat® machine helps by releasing those muscles. It assists with walking movements on a treadmill. It is a very helpful and important machine, and it makes me feel good and comfortable after every treatment.