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Brain injury victims: Giffords recovery will be tough, long

4 years ago January 24, 2011 Jan 24, 2011 Monday, January 24 2011 Monday, January 24, 2011 4:00:24 PM CST in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Stephanie Ryan

BATON ROUGE - You don't have to go to Houston to get care for a brain injury like Representative Gabrielle Giffords.

In Baton Rouge, Rehab Boulevard provides care for patients with acute or other brain injuries, helping them learn how to do everyday tasks like step up on a curb, use a computer, get in a car, or do laundry.  It provides a home-like setting where patients can practice those tasks.

At the Baton Rouge Rehab Clinic, patients also practice things like speech therapy.  The clinic has two machines Giffords will likely use in Houston, to teach her to walk again, the Ergys 2 and the SmartStep.  The Ergys helps stimulate patients' legs as they pedal a stationary bike, while the SmartStep supports patients' weight as they practice the motions of walking again.

For patients like Lynn Zanca, this new technology gives her hope that she will one day be able to return to normal life.

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