“Bionic Woman” Brings Home Marathon Suit

It took her 17 days, but Claire Lomas walked the length of the London Marathon thanks to a bionic suit. Photo: Getty Images

She completed the London Marathon in 17 days.

Earlier this year, Claire Lomas did the unthinkable. Paralyzed from the waist down due to a horseback-riding accident five years ago, the 32-year-old walked the entire length of the London Marathon this past April.

Lomas was able to do it thanks to a special bionic suit, called a ReWalk, that she wore during the race.

She is now the first person to be allowed to take this suit home and use it for everyday activity.

“I went to the pub a week ago and it was the first time I have stood at the bar since my accident,” she said. The specialized suit costs over $70,000 and was developed by Argo Medical Technologies. Originally, the company’s CEO, Larry Jasinski, was nervous about Lomas using the suit to run the marathon.

Lomas took 17 days to complete the 26.2-mile walk. She raised $317,900 for spinal damage research. She was given the recent honor of lighting the cauldron at the Paralympic Games.

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