Re-posted from The Times Tribune
Quantum Rehab’s iLevel seat elevation technology has changed Sgt. Bryan Anderson’s life.
The triple amputee featured in the movie “American Sniper” joined Quantum Rehab at John Heinz Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine for the unveiling of a technology that allows Sgt. Anderson to remain mobile at eye-level standing height, while operating a power wheelchair at walking speed.
“It has made my daily life easier and more fun, too,” he said.
Sgt. Anderson, 34, was injured by an improvised explosive device in Iraq in 2005 and lost both his legs and his left hand.
The Purple Heart recipient underwent rehabilitation for 13 months at Walter Reed Army Hospital. Today, he is the national spokesman for Quantum Rehab, a division of Exeter-based Pride Mobility, and travels the country to deliver a message of perseverance and determination.
After he lost his legs and hand, he said, he learned ways to adapt and overcome. He began living in the moment and focusing on what was in front of him instead of what was behind him.
“There is absolutely nothing I can do to change what had happened,” he said. “I can’t change anything back there. I can change what’s in front of me though, so that’s what I started doing.”
Old Forge resident Kiel Eigen, 22, a quadriplegic as a result of a football injury, also said using the iLevel technology has changed his life and doubled his functionality over a normal power wheelchair. He summed up what he likes best about the new technology in one word: speed.
“Being in a chair, you’re always at a disadvantage with speed,” Mr. Eigen said. “This is so much more time-efficient.”
Company officials began talking to Sgt. Anderson, Mr. Eigen and other disabled people about what they like and what they don’t like and they helped to bring on the iLevel seat elevation technology, said Jay Brislin, vice president of Quantum Rehab.
By being eye-level with their peers, Mr. Brislin said the technology allows them to have more social interaction and they can operate the chair at a speed that makes sense. It allows people with disabilities to be more independent, he said.
“iLevel allows the seating system on the chair to raise up 10 inches and go up to 3 miles an hour,” Mr. Brislin said. “Our passion at this point is really the people using these chairs and trying to understand what they go through on a daily basis and what we could do to help.”
For more information about the iLevel technology, visit www.QuantumRehab.com.