Children with cerebral palsy often have to rely on walkers or wheelchairs to get around, but one larger-than-life robot is helping them find stability on their feet.
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Nannette Culleeney: She was 16 weeks early, she weight a pound and half. Mellisa: Jenna Culleeney has been through more in the first 15 years of her life than most people will ever face. Jenna Culleeney: It’s okay to be kind a different, you know I’m a little different. Mellisa: A bleed in here brain at birth cause cerebral palsy. She’s had surgery to break and reset her legs but she’s still struggles to walk. Nannette Culleeney: She falls over if she wasn’t holding other things. Melissa: To improve Jenna stability therapist that show in the hospital for children strap her in and waisted her up. It’s a larger than life robot that’s working to improve Jenna’s balance, gait and teach to the right way to walk. The legs are especially design for children Jenna Culleeney: It is fun. Melissa: Traditionally two therapists would have to hold on to the child’s leg on a treadmill manually placing the feet and position. Sara Klaas: You wouldn’t be able to get consistent movement in the child legs and you also would not be able to have a therapist do that work as long as a robotic machine can do it for us. Melissa: The machine allows children to consistently repeat the motions, strengthening muscles and increasing endurance, smiles and fronds until the child if she’s walking correctly. Female: She tends to walk up on here toes and with the foot lifters, they holding your foot in a nice position to encourage here to land on here heel. Melissa: After six months on the machine Jenna’s feeling more confident on here feet. Nannette Culleeney: You can in the way she’s walking that here knees bending she’s suppose to them straight now when they’re suppose to. Jenna Culleeney: My walking is walking is not going to be as good as other children but it’s a known very good. Melissa: A girl who is determined to set her won phase on a path to independence. I’m Melissa reporting.