'Zero G' harness helps patients learn to walk again

PORTLAND, Ore. - Patients with spinal cord injuries are learning how to walk again thanks to a Zero G harness at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital.

The rehabilitation institute is the first and only place in the Pacific Northwest to have this new gait and balance training system, which helps independently support patients while they practice walking, balancing and climbing stairs.

Gary LaRue recently suffered a stroke and became paralyzed. He started using the device three weeks ago.

"When we saw this and saw what it can do for him we got kind of excited speeds the process up a lot," said Gary's son, Eric LaRue.

The new "Zero G method" also protects therapists and staff from getting injuries while helping patients.

"I think one of the biggest things patients experience is a sense of trust for me to say 'let's walk.' But the harness system takes away that fear that sometimes holds people from going for it," said Traci Hutchins, Legacy Good Samaritan Supervisor.

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