George Brogan on learning to walk,

They put full callipers on me and then I had to lift myself up on to these bars, just like the lad in the photo; once you mastered that you were given crutches, and then the fun began. I was 6ft 2ins and they didn’t have any crutches long enough for me. They had them in the last hole but they were still too short, so it was very awkward for me, bent over like an old man.  I was like a tree in a strong wind swaying back and forth, but I got walking on them.

Patient learning to walk using the support of wooden beams

A patient learning how to walk using wooden bars following a spinal injury

Image courtesy of NSIC

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