-- Vanessa Page
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This is Vanessa in the physiotherapy department at Rookwood hospital, sitting in her electric wheelchair; the physiotherapists are putting her harness on.
Vanessa hanging in a harness on the "space hopper", a machine orignally named Space Walker before Vanessa became attached to it (pun intended). Now even the physiotherpists are calling it "space hopper". It is a sort of crane with a conveyor belt underneath it.
Vanessa stepping away from the "space hopper".
This is Vanessa walking away from the physiotherapy department and towards her ward. She is using a cane, but despite the appearance given by the three physiotherapists around her she is pretty much walking on her own (the physiotherapists are not supporting her, merely controlling and correcting her locomotion). At this point she has walked maybe 50 meters; as you can see from the postion of her foot she has slight problems controlling the inward rotation of her feet.
Some hyperlinks to Vanessa:
- A website with a succinct statement by Vanessa, as well as one of her fabulous photographs.
- "Charity Worker Learns To Live Again" -- a newspaper article from July 2003 on Vanessa's amazing recovery.
- A similar article from the same periodical.
- An article -- written by the woman herself! -- about her 2003 vacation in Thailand.
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Vanessa Page on Michael Barnikel's Website. © 1/2004.