POSTED: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 - 8:25am
UPDATED: Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 7:50am
Electronic device lets aneurysm survivor walk again.
A tiny electronic device is helping one California man get his life back, one step at a time.
A massive aneurysm that triggered a stroke paralyzed Keith Godat on his left side.
At just 41, with a wife, two daughters and an active lifestyle, he knew it was a long road to recovery.
"My prognosis in the beginning, they didn't think I was gonna recover at all," he says.
Then Keith heard about a device made by Los Angeles company Bioness, which sends electronic signals to stimulate nerves in the leg when a person wearing it tries to walk.
"I put it on. I got up out of the wheelchair for the first time in seven months, and I went right into walking all the way down the hall and back with minimal assistance. And it was amazing. My wife Leslie was in tears. I was in tears. I was in shock," he recalls.
Now that he can use them, his muscles are getting stronger.
Keith says his faith in the device and in God got him this far, and while his stroke took so much away from him, he is blessed.
"It is a miracle," he says.
The device has been FDA-approved for three years, but still not covered by insurance.
Keith spent $5,500 to buy the one for his leg.
Now he's saving up to buy one for his left arm as well.