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How Virtual Reality helped me walk again

17-year-old Shannon Mackey was about to have her last radiotherapy session to remove a brain tumour when she suffered a stroke, leaving her wheelchair-bound and unable to use the left side of her body.

"I remember waking up in the middle of the night... and I couldn't get up", she said. "The reason being that I'd had a stroke in the middle of the night."

In addition to traditional physiotherapy sessions, Shannon has been attending virtual reality sessions at the charity-run Brain and Spinal Injury Centre (BASIC).

Now 19, Shannon has regained motion in her arms and is once again able to walk unaided.

"[Virtual Reality sessions] have helped so much", she said. "If I didn’t come here I don’t think I’d be where I am today."

This clip is originally from 5 live Breakfast, Monday 16 January 2017.

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