Jefferson Woman Becomes the First in New England with Exoskeleton for At-Home Use

April 21, 2021

After suffering from a spinal cord injury in 2018, Carolyn Daigle underwent extensive physical and occupational therapy to assist in her recovery. A combination of Carolyn's rehabilitation efforts, strength, determination, and the support of her husband Roger, qualified her for a ReWalk™ Exoskeleton. Carolyn's care then transitioned to Littleton Regional Healthcare's certified ReWalk™ trainers to help prepare Carolyn for her new, fully customized exoskeleton. As medical professionals themselves, both Roger and Carolyn were ready for the journey ahead.

Carolyn and Roger Daigle pose with Cathy Colby, PT, Anne McKenzie, PT, and Zachary Knowlton, PTA of Littleton Regional Healthcare and Jill Butler, PT, DPT, NCS of ReWalk™
Carolyn and Roger Daigle pose with Cathy Colby, PT, Anne McKenzie, PT, and Zachary Knowlton, PTA of Littleton Regional Healthcare and Jill Butler, PT, DPT, NCS of ReWalk™
Back row: left to right - Zachary Knowlton, Roger Daigle
Front row: left to right - Anne McKenzie, Cathy Colby, Carolyn Daigle, Jill Butler

Carolyn, Roger, a ReWalk™ representative, and the LRH team spent months configuring the equipment and conducting training sessions to prepare Carolyn for life with her newly outfitted exoskeleton. She began at LRH in November of 2020 and by December, Carolyn started using her ReWalk™ Exoskeleton in the controlled environment of LRH's Rehabilitation Department.

Carolyn has overcome countless obstacles throughout her recovery, including contracting COVID-19 in January of 2021. Despite the challenges along the way, Carolyn's progress and tenacity have been nothing short of inspiring. On April 20th, Carolyn finished her training and was ready to test her newfound freedom at home, making her the first patient in New England to utilize the device in a home setting. Once an avid hiker and runner, Carolyn's ultimate goal is to walk a 5K in her ReWalker. The rehabilitation team at LRH could not be more proud of how far Carolyn has come and is excited to hear all about life with her new exoskeleton!

For questions related to rehabilitation services at Littleton Regional Healthcare, please contact (603) 444-9530.

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