Claire Lomas Finishes The London Marathon Using The ReWalk

In an astounding feat of endurance and perseverance, 32-year old Claire Lomas became the first paralyzed person to complete a marathon using the ReWalk, a bionic suit that allows any individual with lower body paralyses to stand, walk, and climb stairs. The London Marathon, sponsored by Virgin, is an annual marathon spanning 26 miles from Blackheath to Buckingham Palace with thousands of participants. It’s participants fees and donations go towards the chaarity of the runner’s choice. Walking around two miles a day, it took Lomas 16 days to complete with hundreds of fans, including her husband and thirteen month old child, cheering her on.

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