Paralyzed Woman Makes Marathon History

Claire Lomas celebrates at the London Marathon finish line. Photo: AFP

She walked two miles a day in a bionic suit.

Sixteen days after the Virgin London Marathon began, Claire Lomas made history by becoming the first person to complete the 26.2 miles in a bionic suit.

When Lomas crossed the line she cried, but was “over the moon” at her accomplishment.

The suit, called ReWalk, mimics the response of the body’s joints had they not been paralyzed.

Hundreds of fans cheered Lomas on as she crossed the line and members of England’s famous Household Cavalry gave her a special welcome at the end.

Lomas is a former chiropractor and was left paralyzed from the chest down after a horseback riding accident five years ago.

“There were times when I questioned whether I would make it when I was training,” she said. “Once I started, I just took each day as it came and every step got me a step closer.”

Lomas completed the marathon distance by walking two miles a day, supported by her husband, Dan, and their 13-month daughter, Maise, and her parents.

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