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Physiotherapy Helps Woman Walk Again

A heart warming story was released by The Metro newspaper this week. The story features an elderly lady who had been left with damaged nerves following a spinal abscess leaving her with no feeling below the waist. It was thought she would never be able to walk again however following intense physiotherapy she has recently taken her first steps in eight months.

Physiotherapy Helps Woman Walk Again

From the article:

“Sheila Pirie, from Alyth, Perthshire, was left unable to walk after a spinal abscess damaged her nerves and left her with no feeling below the waist.

When the 73-year-old arrived at Balhousie care home in Coupar Angus, Perthshire, last August she was in a wheelchair and needed a full-body hoist to lift her in and out of bed.

However, for the past eight months, Sheila has been having physiotherapy.

Before the physiotherapy, Sheila, a widowed mother-of-four, underwent surgery to remove a giant gallstone in 2016, but collapsed in theatre and ended up in intensive care.”

Sheila was put on a tough regime of pilates, arm and leg exercises designed to rebuild her muscle and balance.

Gradually, she was able to move from a wheelchair to a walking frame and now uses a three-wheel frame.

The article ends “Since Sheila had eight months of physiotherapy, she is now back on her feet, and taking part in a 35 million step virtual walk from Scotland to Australia.”

Physiotherapy Helps Woman Walk Again. Credit: Hattie Gladwell – The Metro Newspaper.

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