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Grimsby woman fundraising for 'bionic' legs

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Media captionA woman from Grimsby left paralysed in a car crash is hoping to walk again using robotic legs.

A woman from Grimsby who was left paralysed from the waist down following a car accident is hoping to walk again using mechanical legs.

Emily Storer, 26, was injured five years ago when she swerved to avoid a pheasant while driving to work.

She is now learning how to walk using a robotic exoskeleton developed by a US company.

She said she is "determined" to walk again and is raising funds towards the £50,000 cost of the unit.

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"Life is tough being sat down, people do judge you," she said.

"Just being able to stand tall and be on my own two feet again is incredible"

Ms Storer said her ultimate aim was to walk along the promenade at Cleethorpes.

The robotic suit is controlled by a wrist-worn device that controls motors in the artificial legs, coupled with sensors which detect motion.

In 2012, Claire Lomas from Leicestershire completed the London Marathon over a period of 17 days using one of the suits.

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