“People just don’t see you sitting in a wheelchair.”
In the US alone, 2.2 million people depend on a wheelchair for day-to-day tasks and mobility. Everything about life for a person bound to a wheelchair revolves around where, when, and how they will be able to get from point A to point B.
Even if every building in the world suddenly became wheelchair accessible, there would still be a myriad of other problems facing the disabled. Sitting in a wheelchair for long periods of time can contribute to bone loss, blood clots, UTI’s and a general feeling of disconnect from the people around them.
Many people that are wheelchair bound feel invisible to most everyone they interact with. Whether it’s an extreme case of “don’t stare” mentality or an actual overlook… the feeling just multiplies the many problems facing them.
Doctors and Engineers at the Minneapolis VA Hospital have set out to change the game. They were able to develop a wheelchair that can convert from the normal sitting position to an functional, upright position in seconds flat.
The chair will allow paraplegics to be more active. It will also help bone strength and reduce health risks from sitting too long.
Check out this amazing innovation!
This amazing wheelchair prototype is helping its users stand upright. (via INSIDER)
Posted by Upworthy on Tuesday, May 17, 2016
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