Thursday, May 10, 2012

Heroes & Hope 2.0

We live in trifling and uncertain times. I tend to highlight the more concerning topics fairly often. So in effort to be fair and balanced, it seems appropriate for me to present another series that highlights people, events, accomplishments, and the rays of light God gives us for encouragement sake. Yesterday one such story came to my attention about a paralysed woman named Claire Lomas.  Once an accomplished event rider, Lomas had a freak accident while competing at Osberton Horse Trials in May 2007.

Her website reports the incident as such:

"She collided with a tree which resulted in fractures to her neck, back and ribs. She suffered a punctured lung, pneumonia, had to have a tracheotomy to help her breathe and was in intensive care for 10 days.

The fracture in her back caused damage to Claire's spinal cord resulting in her being transferred to the Northern General Hospital's Spinal Injuries Unit. Claire left Sheffield after 8 weeks - the shortest time anyone has ever spent in that hospital with her type of injury. Claire is still paralysed but determined to get better. "

That determination and a special robotics product have now joined forces and allowed Claire to walk.  And what does Claire decide to do with this new-found ability but enter into the London Marathon?  Check out these two clips and be encouraged by her determination, hope, and heroism!