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Walking tallInnovative leg treatment helps high school athlete overcome disability
“I’ve always wanted to play sports and try to be as equal or as normal as everybody who doesn’t have a disability,” said Christopher, the youngest of Kathy and Gary Kennedy’s seven children.
“If he really, really concentrated, he could walk normal,” Kathy said. “But to him, it felt weird, like he was going to fall down.”That’s all changed thanks to the physical therapy he’s received in Bismarck and a donation from the Sanford Great American Bike Race (GABR). It happened after his mother read a story about Sanford Health’s ActiveLeg therapy in a recent edition of this magazine. It discussed the merits of the Bioness L300, a system that applies electrical stimulation to the precise points in applicable leg muscles to achieve a natural, consistent and smooth walking pattern.
Christopher calls the device “Nessy.”
“It’s a lot faster to say than Bioness L300 Foot Drop System,” he said.
He doesn’t wear it when playing sports because of the fear of damaging it and the high cost to replace it.
Today, he looks forward to playing baseball in the spring at HHS and in the summer with the American Legion program. Then, it’s his senior year with hopes of advancing farther into the football playoffs.
“I am so thankful for everything they’ve done,” Christopher said of the medical staff at Sanford Health and the help from GABR. “They’ve done so much for me that I’m almost shocked in disbelief.”
Click here for more information on Sanford Health ActiveArm ActiveLeg program or call 701.323.6097.