Physical Therapy Care and Aquatic Rehab of Fort Bend in the Fort Bend Herald
Richmond’s David Remy hoping to walk normally again some day
David Remy takes a breath while he rests after walking in his metal leg braces. While he takes a quick drink of water after walking about 60 feet, he hopes that one day he can get a chance to walk normally again.
Remy, 35, is a parts manager at the Lamar Consolidated ISD transportation department. He had to work to prove to his employers that he can do his job despite his condition.
“I proved them wrong,” the Richmond resident said confidently.
And that has been his stance throughout his whole ordeal.
But now, David is hoping to continue his fight to regain his ability to walk on his own after dealing with a disorder that prevents him from moving his legs. And that is getting an exoskeleton that allows him to move freely.
The only catch is that the exoskeleton costs about $100,000, with no insurance help.
That’s why David started an online fundraiser to help him to purchase the exoskeleton.
Three years ago, Remy discovered that he was losing function of his legs. “I was falling down frequently and I broke my ankle three times that year,” he said.
Doctors found a tumor on David’s spinal cord and he was diagnosed with thoracic spondolosis with myelopathy, which is wear and tear in the spine, which caused a compression of the spinal cord, named myelopathy.
The disorder caused Remy to have trouble walking with constant numbness in his legs, which led him to use a wheelchair to get around.
During his personal training at Physical Therapy Care and Aquatic Rehab of Fort Bend in Richmond — where he has been going to three times a week in the last two years — Remy said his doctors and therapists recommended a new kind of technology.