A paralyzed woman named Claire Lomas has just become the first person to complete a marathon in a bionic suit while simultaneously proving to the rest of the world that nothing is impossible!
Back in 2007, Clair was paralyzed from the chest down after she was thrown off her horse and broke her neck, back, and ribs, and punctured a lung. In most cases, such injuries would result in total paralysis, and many don't even survive.
Instead of giving up, Claire decided to undergo extensive rehab. She was later hooked up to a $70,000 bionic system called the 'ReWalk suit.' The suit uses motion detectors powered by an onboard computer system to enable paralyzed people to walk again. The outfit helps the wearer by shifting their balance and responds the way an able-bodied person's joints would.
Not satisfied with just walking, Claire was determined to take on marathon grid. On April 22nd, she took part in the London Marathon which had a 26.2 mile grid. Accompanied by her husband and 13-month-old daughter, Claire was able to walk about two miles each day, and eventually crossed the finish line after 16 days. Although Claire won't receive a medal or be included in the official competition results, there's no doubt that she's still a winner in the long run.
You can read more on Claire's amazing story over at The Telegraph