VIP is proud to welcome Willie to our VIP Scholarship Program! Willie served as a Navy SEAL and we thank him for his service to our country!
Willie is a quadriplegic and is looking forward to utilizing all the therapy options VIP offers.
Scholarships are available for military and their families as well as low income patients. Please visit our VIP Scholarship page for more details.
Big Things are coming in 2020 at VIP!
Due to many generous donations, the Cushman Foundation and the Beyond the Teams Ride, VIP has achieved our largest goal to date – purchasing a 2nd Lokomat for VIP!
The Lokomat Nanos, by Hocoma, is an assisted treadmill which allows patients to walk upright, with the support of a harness and robotic leg controls. Our technician is able to adjust the system to each patient’s specific needs, such as, walking speed, weight bearing, and gait pattern. Almost all our patients can benefit from this technology and it is one of the most advanced therapies available for gait training and neurological re-training today.
VIP is currently the only public facility in Southern California to offer this technology and thus has seen a high volume of patients desiring to utilize this machine. The ability to have multiple Lokomats at our facility will ensure that all patients are able to access the Lokomat without delay!
The Lokomat Nanos, by Hocoma, is over $200,000 and due to all the generous support in 2019, VIP will be able to purchase this machine outright. We are amazed at this support and look forward to early 2020 when this machine will be delivered to our facility!
We wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
FOX 5 SAN DIEGO -- A former Marine captain severely injured in Afghanistan is donating his $100,000 ReWalk robotic legs so that others can walk again.
Derek Herrera, with Spinal Singularity, was one of the first patients with a spinal cord injury to get a Rewalk Exoskeleton.
“It enabled me to stand and walk again," Herrera said. "It caused me to question a lot of things that I thought were not possible in my life.”
The robotic legs are used to help people with spinal cord injuries to regain upright mobility. Herrera has a newer set of Rewalk Exoskeleton legs and will be working with new technologies to help other people with spinal injuries live a more full life.
Herrera is donating his original robotic legs to the VIP NeuroRehabilitation Center in Miramar. He said he hopes his contribution of the exoskeleton will let others to walk again.
"It was really important for me physically, mentally, but also psychologically. So it single-handedly changed the course of my life,” said Herrera.
Watch the full interview with Fox 5 San Diego here:
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