When Fred Davis lost both of his legs to infection --he thought his walking days were over.Then he was introduced to a therapy that combines movement and timing to help the brain redevelop motor skills. It’s called Interactive Metronome. For six months, Mederi Caretender therapist Tameka Walker has been helping Davis relearn to walk. "Left hand, right toe, left hand, right toe. Got it?” she instructs. To the chime of a cowbell, Davis steps one foot forward on a mat – and then pulls it back. Then, it’s the other foot, always sticking to the beat. If his rhythm is off, he hears an unpleasant buzz. Davis suffers from diabetes. In 2005 -- he injured his toe. The untreated injury led to gangrene and an eventual amputation. In February of this year, another injury led to the loss of his right leg.
An Amputee crosses the Disney Marathon Finish Line: She said IM was the reason and “saved her life”
Brenda was born with a deformity of her right foot and never walked the way she would have liked to. So when she was 35, she decided to have a below-the-knee-amputation. Brenda did not expect that the recovery was going to be as hard as it was and went into a deep depression. She had lost all hope to walk now and thought she made the biggest mistake of her life. But Interactive Metronome put her back on her feet! After IM, Brenda completed the Disney Marathon. Brenda attributes her success to IM saying, “Interactive Metronome saved my life”.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Jimmy 10 years after he went through Interactive Metronome (IM) training. He was playing basketball and had a big smile on his face. But first, let me back up give you a little background info on Jimmy; because 10 years ago his family, friends and therapists wouldn’t have guessed that Jimmy would be where he is today.
Jimmy was born missing the portion of his right leg below the knee, with dislocated hips, without ligaments in his left knee, and with a diaphragmatic hernia. He had severe motor deficits and poor balance and coordination. As a result, he often fell. Jimmy walked awkwardly and then only with use of a rolling walker. He was 8 years old when he met the inventor of the Interactive Metronome, the late Jim Cassily. Little did Jimmy know that IM was going to change his life.
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