In 2014, at the age of 37, Brad Berman, a father of two and an attorney specializing in tax law at GE, experienced a massive hemorrhagic stroke resulting in a five-week long coma. After awaking from his coma, Brad had to relearn how to breathe, talk, and walk. To learn to walk again Brad’s physical therapy involved using Ekso and Anklebot, state-of-the-art robotic exoskeleton devices.
"The Berman’s fundraised to get two lower limb devices: one is the 'AnkleBot' which works on foot drop issues after a neurological injury," Avrielle Rykman-Peltz, COO of Restorative Neurology Clinic at Burke Medical Research Institute, explained. "Then we have the 'Ekso Bionics' device to allow patients the ability to start walking again and also work on their balance.”
In 2015, the Restorative Neurology Clinic at Burke Medical Research Institute (BMRI) was proud to announce the expansion of the Lower Limb Robotics Program to offer cutting-edge robotic therapy essential for revitalizing lower body movement and empowering survivors to learn to walk again. This significant expansion was made possible thanks to multiple successful fund-raising efforts by Brad and Jessica Berman who raised over $600,000 by starting Run 4 Brad, now TRAIN THE BRAIN.
Two years later and a lot has changed for Brad. His incredible progress was recently shared on PIX11.