Iris storyMy name is Iris Declercq and I am 28 years old. I was born with cerebral palsy which causes axial hypotonia and paralysis of my lower limbs, so I live in a wheelchair. Over the last few years I have gone through multiple surgeries, in my feet and in my spine, that have also made me more spastic. I’m currently rehabilitating from them. My father discovered the Mollii Suit and got in touch with the producer to learn more about how it works. They gave me the opportunity to test it out at Vigo in Wetteren.
How does Mollii help?Before using the suit:
● I was not able to move smoothly
● It was very hard to raise my left leg
● I had tremendous amount of tension in my legs, feet and shoulders
● My arms were carrying a lot of weight when moving
● Sitting up a physio table was impossible
Since I’m using the Mollii Suit I’m already able to do much more:
● The pressure in my shoulders in gone
● I’m able to stay upright much better
● I can lift my feet
● Sitting up on a physio table is possible without support
● Keeping my head up high has gotten a lot easier
● I can write better
● Moving between my wheelchair and other places goes smoother
In short, this suit is really helping me with my rehabilitation. I was even able to walk for the first time on 12/03/2020, with the help of the Kay Walker at To Talk Again. Within a month of using the suit I’m able to transfer in and out of my wheelchair without Handi-Move. That’s really great because I want to keep working on becoming self-sufficient in these transfers, for example in and out of bed. I can feel that I’m less spastic, even when I’m not wearing the suit anymore. The physiotherapists also told me that my muscles feel more flexible.
Before I had the Mollii suit I wasn’t able to move very well and I couldn’t raise my legs. Changes in medication only made me suffer from side effects (baclofen made me tired), and I was never able to relax from the constant tension.
The Mollii Suit solved this and relaxes the tension, which gives me a lot of energy. Thanks to the suit I want to be active and move!
Thanks to this wonder-suit, I’m getting the most out of life again! Thank you! Iris.