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Paralysed Claire Lomas finishes London Marathon

Crowds of people lined The Mall to cheer Claire Lomas home when the paralysed athlete finished the London Marathon in her bionic suit, 16 days after she set off.

Ms Lomas has walked around two miles a day on the 26.2-mile route, cheered on by husband Dan, mother Joyce and 13-month-old daughter Maisie.

The 32-year-old, from Eye Kettleby, near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, was left paralysed from the chest down following a horse riding accident in 2007.

But despite this she set off on April 22 with 36,000 people participating in the London Marathon. As she crossed the finishing line on The Mall today, she became the first person to complete any marathon using a bionic ReWalk suit.

So far she has raised more than £80,000 for Spinal Research, a charity which funds medical research around the world to develop reliable treatments for paralysis caused by a broken back or neck.

The £43,000 ReWalk suit she used for the marathon, designed by Israeli entrepreneur Amit Goffer, enables people with lower-limb paralysis to stand, walk and climb stairs through motion sensors and an onboard computer system.


Author: The Telegraph
Date: May 2012
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