Tamara Mena Visits THE DOCTORS To Share Her Powerful and Emotional Story
May 7, 2012 - 2:13:53 PM
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - In October 2005, 19 year-old college student Tamara Mena and her boyfriend Patrick were returning to San Diego from a brief trip to Mexico when their cab hit a horse. The horse fell on the top of the car, crushing it and immediately killing the cab driver and Patrick. Tamara suffered a complete spinal cord injury causing paralysis from her chest down. Following the life-changing injury, she completely lost hope of ever being able to walk again until she met another patient who told her about this technology, new to rehab centers, called the exoskeleton.
On Wednesday, May 9, Tamara walks on stage on the set of the Emmy Award-winning syndicated daytime TV talk show THE DOCTORS and shares her powerful and emotional story: how she lost both the love of her life and hope for a normal life…and eventually regained both.
See her full interview on THE DOCTORS on May 9.
To view a clip, please click on the following link: WatchVideo
About the Exoskeleton
Tamara is a test pilot for Ekso Bionics, a company at the forefront of robotic exoskeleton technology, which can replace or augment human capabilities (and will hopefully be used for both military and recreational uses in the future). The exoskeleton Tamara is wearing in this clip is essentially a suit made of four motors, two batteries and a computer. Electric motors in the hips and knees mimic the action of muscles, and sensors at the hips, knees and feet provide feedback to the computer housed in a backpack.
About THE DOCTORS
THE DOCTORS is an Emmy Award winning daily, one-hour nationally syndicated series airing in over 150 markets. Featuring Dr. Travis Stork, M.D., Dr. Andrew P. Ordon, M.D., F.A.C.S., Dr. James M. Sears, M.D., and Dr. Lisa Masterson, M.D, THE DOCTORS offers viewers a reliable source of fascinating medical and health advice. Taped in front of an audience in Hollywood, THE DOCTORS is produced by Stage 29 Productions LLC and distributed by CBS Television Distribution. Jay McGraw, Carla Pennington and Dr. Phil McGraw are executive producers, and Andrew Scher is the co-executive producer. CBS Television Distribution is the preeminent company in worldwide television syndication. For additional information on THE DOCTORS, now in its fourth season, please visit www.TheDoctorsTV.com.
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