A paralyzed man successfully completes London Marathon with an exo-suit.
It took him 36 hours and required the support of a robotic exo-suit. But an inspiring British paraplegic has become the first paralyzed person to finish the punishing London Marathon.
Simon Kindleysides spent the better part of the last two days covering the entire 26 miles (42 kilometers). As he was paralyzed from the waist down, he used a rewalk exo-suit in order to walk.
In 2013, health experts informed Kindleysides that he had a functional neurological disorder and a glioma tumor in his brain. The double whammy turned him into a paraplegic.
The 33-year-old resident of Blofield, Norfolk refused to be crippled by his paralysis. In 2015, he raised close to $7, 000 for charity by traveling from London to Paris using a hand cycle, an arm-powered version of a bicycle.
On April 22, 2018, Kindleysides was one of the 40, 000 participants in one of the most arduous races in the world. The winner of the race was Eliud Kipchoge, who crossed the finish line at The Mall in slightly over two hours, just shy of a world record.
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