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How do 'bionic legs' help paralysed Claire to walk?

Claire Lomas will complete the 26.2-mile London Marathon course 16 days after she began - and all with the aid of her 'bionic legs. The 32-year-old was paralysed from the chest down after a riding accident in 2007 and has since learnt to walk again using a £43,000 Rewalk suit.

Claire Lomas training in Rewalk suit Credit: PA

Motion sensors and an onboard computer system detect a shift in the Claire's balance and desire to move. This triggers the suit to mimic the response that the joints would have if they were not paralysed.

Claire Lomas training in Rewalk suit Credit: PA

Designed by Israeli entrepreneur Amit Goffer, the Rewalk suit enables people with lower-limb paralysis to stand, walk and climb stairs.

Marathon medal 'not a priority', says Claire Lomas

There has been anger from the public and high-profile figures that Claire Lomas will not receive an official London Marathon medal, however Claire says that was "never her priority."

Speaking to ITV's Daybreak, Claire said she is completing the mammoth challenge to raise money for Spinal Research. She has already collected more than £80,000 for the charity on her JustGiving page.

Twitter support for 'bionic' marathon woman

Claire Lomas has received huge support on the social networks from the public and celebrities, including four times Olympic Gold medallist, Sir Matthew Pinsent, who walked with Claire on her first day of the challenge.


Paralysed woman prepares for final marathon mile

Paralysed woman, Claire Lomas, has told ITV's Daybreak she was looking forward to "a rest and sit down", as well time "with her little girl" after completing the London marathon course.

The former eventer who was paralysed in a riding accident in 2007, is preparing for the final push in her epic marathon challenge which she will complete using her 'bionic legs' later today.

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Paralysed London Marathon woman reaches Canary Wharf

Lewis Vaughan Jones caught up with Claire Lomas, the paralysed woman who is walking the London Marathon, as she passed Canary Wharf, over halfway through the course. Ms Lomas is completing the marathon using a bionic suit.

An extremely talented event rider, she had a freak accident while competing at Osberton Horse Trials in Nottinghamshire in May 2007. See more on Ms Lomas's story on the ITV Central website.

Woman walking London Marathon wearing bionic suit eyes finish line

Claire Lomas is running the London Marathon wearing a bionic suit Credit: ITV Central

Claire Lomas who is walking the London Marathon wearing a bionic suit has reached her fundraising target of £50,000 and is due to complete the course early next week.

Claire from Eye Kettleby near Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire is paralysed from the chest down. She suffered spinal injuries in a horse riding accident in Nottinghamshire in 2007.

For more on this story visit the ITV Central website.

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