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Friday 27 May 2016

The amazing bionic suit that offers hope for Jonjo

Editor's Viewpoint

Published 16/07/2014

A Republican parade remembering the hunger strikers passes through Belfast in 2010.

They were just 37 small and painfully exhausting steps for Jonjo Bright, but they represent hope for the paralysed Co Antrim jockey where previously there was none.

Thanks to a revolutionary bionic suit which a fellow Ulster man had a hand in creating, the young jockey injured in a racing fall last year was able to walk.

The moving scene was a tribute both to Patrick McStravick, one of those behind the suit, and the indomitable spirit of Jonjo, who saw all his dreams crash around him on that fateful day at Tyrella point to point races. The suit is not a substitute for walking, but it can help build up muscles in paralysed people until the day when medical advances make it possible to repair their injuries.

That is something for Jonjo to cling to.

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