People in wheelchairs need movement to stay healthy. Oftentimes that means someone needs to be around to help them. Not so with a wheelchair one mid-Michigan man has.
Mark Jackson has been using a stand-up wheelchair for about one month. Using a hand controller, he can lift himself up and lower himself down. The whole process takes just a couple of seconds.
Jackson says his wounds are healing and decreasing and his muscle spasms are getting more infrequent. He has a cyst on his spinal cord which makes the left side of his body weak.
His doctor says his health is improving because the chair allows him to stand. It's good for his organs and his circulation.
"The fortunate thing is, he still has some upper body strength. He doesn't have much mobility with his legs, but he's probably going to get some of that back," says Mark Jones, D.O., Director of Ingham Regional Medical Center's Wound Care Center.
There's also a good chance Jackson could walk on his own again.
A power stand-up wheelchair, like he has, runs close to $18,000. The manual model costs about half of that. Both are made by Saginaw bases "The Standing Company."