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Last Updated: Monday, 26 June 2006, 15:25 GMT 16:25 UK
Standing aid for spine patients
A 2,500 device to help patients with spinal injuries become more mobile has been donated to a Teesside hospital.

The Dynamic Parapodium is an adjustable standing frame with braces to support the knees and back allowing patients to rock from side to side and take steps.

The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough has taken delivery of the equipment thanks to the fundraising efforts of the Mobility Aids Centre.

Every year between 30 and 50 people in the region suffer a spinal injury.

The money was raised during a 24-hour relay event, using the equipment.

Paul Moore, who took part in the relay and works for the aids centre in Peterborough, has been in a wheelchair for 26 years.

He said: "I was writing for a magazine and tried out the Parapodium about four years ago.

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"Within 30 seconds of making adjustments I was 'walking' around the room and it was a fantastic feeling.

"They can help with rehabilitation, physiotherapy and can be used by just about any patient with a spinal cord injury."

The regional centre at James Cook provides a service for the northern region stretching from the Scottish borders, Cumbria, the North East, Teesside and North Yorkshire.

Patients who suffer spinal injuries can expect to be in the centre between three months and a year, with short spells at home during this time.

Lead nurse Glynis Peat said: "We're extremely grateful for this generous donation and our patients have already put it to good use."

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