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Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals

Generous donors make a difference

December 13, 2016

2014 Chairman's GOAL Awards-Alex McKiernan from Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals on Vimeo.


LINCOLN, Neb. (MADONNA)--Alex McKiernan, of Martell, Nebraska, sustained an incomplete spinal cord injury when a distracted driver plowed into his car at 60 mph.

Therapists introduced Alex to specialized technology, like the FES bike, that provided electrical stimulation to his leg muscles.

As Alex got stronger, the Lokomat, a robotic walking machine, helped restore his natural gait. Five weeks post accident, Alex’s hands gripped a walker as he pieced together 40 steps. He’s progressed from having no motor function in his legs to walking using a cane for support. As an outpatient, Alex continues to work on his mobility using the Ekso GT, a computerized bionic suit. Alex cherishes family time with his wife and three young daughters, and enjoys helping run their organic farm.

Supporting the Foundation helps Madonna acquire world-class technology to rebuild the lives of patients – like Alex.