Bionic woman skis, bikes and helps others thrive after paralysis

Inspiring story about a CNN Hero:

Amanda Boxtel was paralyzed by a skiing accident in the 1980’s.

In 2010, she learned about bionic exoskeleton suits — machines that help people with mobility issues walk. In an exoskeleton, Boxtel took her first step in 18 years. Her health began to improve, her chronic pain started to decrease,

“Human bodies are meant to stand and walk,” she said.

n 2014, she started Bridging Bionics to do just that. The nonprofit provides high-tech physical therapy to people with mobility impairments near Aspen, Colorado. ranging from spinal cord injuries to neurological disorders like multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and Parkinson’s disease.