Fort Benton MT: Paralyzed Youth Uses NASA Equipment to Learn to Walk


FORT BENTON — Walking is something not many people think of a lot – but it’s been on the mind of Tanner Waldner for the last two years after being involved in a crash that left him paralyzed. He spent weeks in hospitals in Great Falls and Seattle, having to hear news no one wants to hear.

“Well, I remember when I was driving home, and I went into the house. And I went on the bench to sit; I knew there was something going on because my feet started giving up. They said after I woke up, my feet don’t have any feeling,” Tanner recalled.

Several doctors told the Waldner family he’d never walk again – but the family wouldn’t accept no for an answer and kept looking for solutions.

They met Gerry Cook, who helped develop equipment with NASA, and now, some of that equipment is being used in Fort Benton. Cook is originally from Fort Benton and helped get it to the hospital, where they hope to help other people in similar situations.

Since learning about the “moonwalker” technology, 11-year old Tanner has shown nothing but dedication and hard work, getting his strength back at home and through physical therapy.

His doctors and family are all astonished at what he’s been able to do since he started therapy.

You can read the rest of the story here. This article was first published By: Asher Lynde of KPAX News.


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