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After 91 wheelchair marathons, UP's Juntunen walking again

 

January 17, 2019

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DEAN JUNTUNEN of Mass City walks at the Milwaukee Veterans Administration Medical Center. The photo was provided by the hospital.

MILWAUKEE - A paralyzed veteran from the Upper Peninsula's Mass City has raced many marathons in his wheelchair, but now he's up and walking for the first time in about 30 years.

With the use of a robotic exoskeleton, Dean Juntunen, 58, volunteered to take part in a study at the Spinal Cord Injury Center at the Milwaukee Veterans Administration Medical Center.

Juntunen is a medically retired captain from the Air Force who was severely injured in a fall in 1991.

He has been training to use a device allowing him to move in some ways like 27 years ago.

"I had not gone from a sitting to a stand...



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