Medical Device Helps Woman to Walk Again

OMAHA (KPTM)-An Omaha woman was able to walk for the first time in years, thanks to what some are calling an "iron suit."

Taryn Schaaf was able to walk on Wednesday for the first time in nearly four years by wearing a bionic suit. "To see her walk, it was beyond words," said Taryn's mother, Tammy Schaaf.

Taryn lost her ability to walk afer she injured her spinal cord in an A.T.V. accident. "It feels amazing getting close to being able to walk again," said Taryn. To give you an idea, the last time Taryn walked, Ndamukong Suh was in a Husker uniform and the B. P. oil spill hadn't happened.

For Taryn's parents, who have been there every step of the way, the journey has included some tough times. Even though this technology which is brand new to Nebraska is a step forward for tetrapalegics like Taryn, her mother says there are still advances to be made.

"I think with this, exo-bionic skeleton, I think there is a day she will walk...I think with the technology they're working on there may be a day where she can walk on her own. They have a long ways to go, but never give up hope," said Tammy Schaaf.