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From Disaster to Miracle

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Sabrina Potemkin
02 Nov 2017 9:16 pm
For her 30th birthday, Meital Steiner’s husbanded decided to help her realize an old dream by treating her to a “powered parachute” experience. Unfortunately, the exhilarating flight ended in disaster: the tiny aircraft crashed, leaving the energetic young mother paralyzed from the waist down.
When her condition stabilized, following 6-hour emergency surgery, and several days in the Intensive Care Unit at a major hospital, Meital was transferred to Reuth Rehabilitation Hospital, where she began a long and challenging rehabilitation process. “I arrived in a wheelchair, feeling like a complete wreck, both physically and emotionally,” she recalls. “Waking up in the morning, I couldn’t imagine how I would get through the day. But the wonderful staff at Reuth cheered me on. Every little achievement was applauded, until finally I was able to stand up on my own two feet, and, aided by crutches, take my first steps.”
Meital’s multidisciplinary rehabilitation program includes physiotherapy, occupational therapy, therapeutic recreation, and also sessions of psychotherapy. One particularly effective therapeutic device is the Anti-Gravity Treadmill, originally developed by NASA for training astronauts. Reducing the bodyweight carried by her legs by up to 80%, it enables Michal to strengthen her muscles and improve her walking ability under optimal conditions.
Now living at home and walking with the aid of a cane, Michal still comes to Reuth for treatment three times a week. “No one knows whether the pressure on my spinal cord, caused by the injury, will ever be completely relieved,” she says. “But the very fact that I can walk is a miracle, for which I am forever thankful.”
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