Former patient donates equipment to the physiotherapy unit

Thanks to a generous donation from a former patient, the Restorative and Rehabilitation unit at the Miramichi Regional Hospital has a new piece of equipment to help patients with their road to recovery and independence. Wayne MacCallum suffered an incomplete spinal cord injury as a result of a motor vehicle accident two years ago. Through much determination and intense rehabilitation at the Miramichi Regional Hospital, MacCallum is now walking with the aid of crutches and sometimes a cane. He now also drives his own vehicle.

The Steady Mate Walker, worth $1600, was purchased for him by the Miramichi Kinsmen Club while he was an inpatient at the hospital. “This equipment was an essential part of my rehabilitation therapy,” says MacCallum. He says he was very appreciative of the donation and when he was finished with it, he wanted to give it back to the hospital so patients in his situation could also benefit from it.

Kirsten Scott, physiotherapist, says the equipment is used on a daily basis with patients with all different diagnoses. “This is an invaluable piece of equipment. We have had great success in getting people back on their feet with this walker and we thank Wayne very much for donating it to the rehabilitation department.”

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