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Wii Fit Helps Once Paralyzed Girl Walk Again

by Francesca DiMola - January 22, 2009, 5:19 pm PST
Total comments: 9 Source: Herald

After suffering a severe infection at a young age, Nicole Cahill was left with severe motor disabilities and a high probability that she might never walk again.

Implementing the use of Wii Fit has become an increasingly popular trend in the world of physical therapy. It has even been used to help people walk again, as is the case with ten-year-old Nicole Cahill from Marshaltown, Ireland.

In June 2008, Nicole Cahill traveled to Beth Israel medical center in Manhattan, New York to seek treatment for her motor disabilities. Nicole was struck with a severe viral infection in 2004 that left her in a coma for twenty-four days. This infection led to a condition known as acute disseminating encephalitis, which causes brain swelling and can lead to a stroke. Both the swelling and strokes, left Nicole with severe disabilities. According to Nicole’s mother, Mairead, she was unable to move, swallow, or speak and had spent eight months receiving physiotherapy and injections for treatment. Before agreeing to receive treatment at Beth Israel, Mrs. Cahill told doctors she would not allow it unless they were "100 per cent sure [they could] do something for her."

After six months of rehabilitation treatment at Beth Israel, including the use of Wii Fit, Nicole Cahill amazed friends and family with her progress as she took her first steps in four years. The game was a key tool in her recovery as it incorporated both balance and stretch exercises, which were vital while working to strengthen her muscles. Mrs. Cahill stated that "the Wii Fit has really helped," and that it has "taken an awful lot of pressure off her as well."

Nicole is reportedly doing "really well" and is receiving six physical therapy sessions a week. She continues to use the Wii Fit exercises in her daily physiotherapy routine at the Ferrycarraig Hotel and is expected to walk unaided once again by the end of this year.


MarioJanuary 22, 2009

Gimmick game for kids. Get some Gears of War 2 into this biatch and then we'll talk. Online via voice chat, as I whip her aaaaassssss moffo! W0)000000000000t

BeautifulShyJanuary 22, 2009

I like these types of stories.It makes me happy inside.

nemyhlovecraftJanuary 22, 2009

I hope my Wii Fit and Balance Board goes to help some girl like this when I trade it in tomorrow, because I'm sure as hell not using it.

MarioJanuary 22, 2009

Why'd you buy it then

MorariJanuary 23, 2009

Some people just don't realize how fat and lazy they are until that third or fourth day.

You can resell your games but not your problems

NinGurl69 *hugglesJanuary 23, 2009

Does this positive news cancel out Halo Boy killing his parents?

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Does this positive news cancel out Halo Boy killing his parents?

Did the hot chocolate good Samaritans served Wii liner-uppers cancel out the muggings at PS3 line-ups?

NWR_pap64Pedro Hernandez, Contributing WriterJanuary 23, 2009

Leaving the cynical jokes aside its DEFINITELY great that these types of news are being show. Even if this ends up looking like a marketing plot I rather take this over news of gaming teaching children to kill or something messed up, because then the haters won't have that much ammo in their argument.

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