The son of Superman actor, Christopher Reeve, has opened the UK’s first spinal cord rehabilitation clinic for paralysed children, which will feature a range of equipment to help users improve and recover their walking ability.
Matthew Reeve met with children who will be using the West Sussex Neurokinex Kids clinic, which cost £300,000 and offers state-of-the art therapies to stimulate nerve and muscle movement.
The clinic will be the only connection to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation’s NeuroRecovery Network outside the US.
Christopher Reeve is famous for having played Clark Kent in Superman films in the 1970s and 80s. He became quadriplegic in 1995 after being thrown from a horse and spent the rest of his life campaigning for people with similar injuries until his death in 2004.
The Neurokinex centre can treat 20 children every day with treatments which are not available elsewhere in Europe, it claims.
It used locomotor training which involves patients practising standing and stepping on a treadmill while being suspended by a hoist.
Neurokinex is a not-for-profit organisation with several sites in the UK and offers one of the most diverse and inclusive spinal cord injury programmes available in the country.