Good Shepherd Patient with Spinal Cord Injury Walked Down the Aisle with Ekso6/20/2013
When Dan Beers of Slatington broke his back 11 years ago in a motorcycle accident he lost many things that day – the use of his legs, his livelihood working in a manufacturing plant and the ability to participate in a wide range of sports, from running to mountain biking. But with the use of the Ekso bionic exoskeleton  that he normally uses in therapy at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, on Saturday, July 6, he walked down the aisle to wed his long-time fiancé, Csala Peters of Slatington.
“Using the Ekso to walk makes me feel like me again,” says Beers. “At our wedding, when I stood and looked into Csala’s eyes, it was amazing.”
Ekso is a wearable, robotic exoskeleton made by Ekso Bionics  that allows those with lower-extremity paralysis or weakness to stand and walk. Last year, Good Shepherd became one of the first post-acute rehabilitation facilities in the United States to have the Ekso. The battery-powered device is strapped over the user’s clothing and used in therapy for patients with spinal cord injuries .
Since starting therapy with the Ekso, Beers reports that his leg muscles are getting stronger, he has more muscle tone and his leg spasms are reduced. He has also developed the strength to use Kafo leg braces and a walker in therapy.
Beers and Peters wed in an outdoor ceremony at Ontelaunee Park in New Tripoli. The two met eight years ago through mutual friends, but waited to marry until Peters completed her degree in elementary and special education. Peters has been working as a substitute special education teacher in the Bethlehem Area School District for the past year.
“Csala and I were both excited and thankful for the opportunity to use the Ekso at our wedding,” says Beers. A Good Shepherd Neurorehabilitation staff member will be on hand at the ceremony to assist Beers as he takes the most momentous walk of his life.
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