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Paralysed Essex army veteran stands for national anthem

Chris Baker was able to stand for the national anthem at the Cenotaph Credit: Chris Baker

An army veteran from Essex has been able to stand for the national anthem for the first time in nine years thanks to a special robotic suit.

Chris Baker from Coggeshall was left paralysed from the waist down after the vehicle he was in was hit by an IED in Iraq.

Earlier this month he stood for the first time at the Cenotaph in London.

Chris was able to walk at the Cenotaph for the first time since his paralysis Credit: Chris baker

"When it came to the national anthem and the act of remembrance, I was able to stand up for the first time and that was one of the proudest moments in my life. It's always bugged me when you get the national anthem and I'm sat in my chair so it was something really special and something I'll never forget."

– Chris Baker

The exoskeleton robotic suit allows Chris, who is paralysed from the waist down, to walk again.

Chris was injured by an improvised explosive device when he was serving with the Royal Engineers in Iraq 12 years ago. It wasn't until four years later he realised he'd fractured his spine.

Chris first used the robotic suit in November 2016 and since then has found a sponsor which means he can have his own device at home.

Chris using the robotic legs at home. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"Things like improvements with blood pressure, maintaining a healthy bone mass going forward, digestion and people with mental health can really be improved as well."

– Stephen Ruffle, ReWalk Robotics
Chris at home in Coggeshall Credit: ITV News Anglia

Chris still uses his wheelchair, but told ITV News Anglia that the robotic legs have given him back his independence.

"I'm not going to be in them 24/7 but when it comes to the really important moments in my life then my legs are there ready for me to tackle."

– Chris Baker