Clark Williams USMC Veteran is the first Ability patient to receive a new Ottobock C-Brace. Clark suffered a high spinal cord injury on active duty in the 1990s. He completed his rehabilitation and returned to active duty and retired from the military in the early 2000s. He has gone on to own and run his own brewery and recently sold it.
He has struggled with increasing weakness in the last few years as a result of the original injury that has limited his mobility but not his determination. He was able to walk short distances with an AFO and a rolling walker before the C-brace but was always wary of uneven ground. After using the device, he talked about how he can now stop wherever he is and know that the C-Brace will lock securely regardless of whether the ground is level or his knee is bent.
He doesn’t worry so much about his weak leg getting tired because the C-Brace gives him so much more stability. We walked outside and he was thrilled he could stand on a slope without concern of his knee buckling. Even on the incline, the device locked for him allowing him to stand up straight with confidence.