Empowered Stories

Tina Mann

​​Condition: Spinal Cord Injury

Solution: The WalkAide® System

Tina walks on the beach with her WalkAide system.Tina’s Story         

Tina Mann had been skiing most of her life and felt invincible on the slopes, but that quickly changed when she was just 16-years-old. She was snowboarding when her board hit ice and stopped, but Tina didn’t. She immediately knew something was very wrong.       

Tina Defies the Odds           

The accident injured her spinal cord and within three months she was completely paralyzed from the waist down.  Doctors told her she had a 30 percent chance of recovery and that she would probably never walk again.

Over the next eight years, with diligence, determination and extensive physical therapy, Tina defied the odds. She was able to walk but had to use braces because no matter what she tried, she was still unable to pick up her foot due to a condition called foot drop. Then, she discovered the WalkAide® System.

Tina walks on the beach with her WalkAide system.WalkAide – My Miracle in a Box       

"This is my miracle in a box," Tina said. "It gave me my life. And I'm just excited to see how far I can truly go. My possibilities are truly endless."

The WalkAide was the solution Tina needed to win her battle with foot drop. Tina says, “It gave me back all of my muscle strength. This is now me walking," she said. "I don't have to rely on metal, on plastic, on joints, on anything to help me. My muscles are doing the work." She is now able to walk anywhere she wants to go and admits that sometimes she walks places just because she can.     

Facing her Fears and Hitting the Slopes   

Happy to be walking, Tina wanted to face her fear and snowboard again.  Her parents were very apprehensive, especially after seeing their daughter suffer and struggle over the past eight years. However, Tina knew that overcoming her fear was the only way to move forward and the only way she could do it was with her WalkAide.

With tears of fear and joy, in 2008, Tina went snowboarding for the first time since her accident. And it felt good.


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