Exoskeleton for Trevor Greene, Canadian Veteran
Wellington Secondary School
November 11, 2012
OUR IDEA Capt. Trevor Greene was injured while serving in Afghanistan. His incredible recovery has defied the odds, inspired many, and continues today. Modern innovation offers a new opportunity as Trevor continues to work towards his goal of walking again; state of the art Exoskeleton technology. This basically consists of a portable system of braces, motors, and an onboard computer that are designed to allow wheelchair-bound patients to walk. This technology isn’t yet widespread, and is expensive. We’re looking to raise the awareness and money needed to bring this technology to the CBI Health Centre for Trevor, and others. As Canadians, it is our duty to remember and honour our veterans; those who have put themselves in harm’s way on our behalf. That's the idea behind this; serving those who serve. Trevor, however, wouldn’t be the only one affected if this idea came to fruition. It would impact others in the community who could use the device, their family and friends, and even strangers.Trevor's story is well known and his use of this technology would garner public, medical, and military attention which could aid in the process of making it available for other Canadians. It’s an understatement to say that the realization of Trevor, and others’ dreams to walk again would be much deserved, appreciated, and noticed. It would be a huge uplift for the community and would help to redefine what's possible.Should we recieve funding for our idea, we would like the RoyalCanadian Legion - Dominion Command to execute it.They have agreed to this, and would use the money to purchase the exoskeleton, and pay the maintenance and operating fee for the first year. The exoskeleton would be donated in Trevor's name to the CBI Health Centre, where he goes for physiotherapy. CBI has agreed to provide physiotherapists to train in the use of the device, Ekso Bionics has agreed to train a minimum of three physiotherapists and four people from the community (in addition to Trevor) who qualify to use the exoskeleton. The Dominion Command and local branches of the Legion, as well as the Vancouver Foundation, have expressed interest in helping to raise additional funds for continuation costs. Trevor and his medical team have already been in contact with Ekso Bionics, and begun the preliminary paperwork and evaluations. Ekso has already begun the process of implimenting their technology in Canada, and has recently visited other medical centres here. This idea could therefore be executed very quickly, within the year."The greatest benefit for Trevor in using the Ekso will be the amount of time he will be able to spend upright working on stepping, balance and normal gait patterns. It will allow him the freedom to roam a room and reduce the amount of 1:1 support he requires currently to mobilize. This is a critical time in Trevor’s rehabilitation as he has accomplished so many of the precursor skills in preparation for walking such as standing pivot transfers, standing in parallel bars and shifting his weight from foot to foot. He is certainly ready to work on taking steps and this type of treatment will absolutely aid in his recovery and facilitate this recovery at a much quicker speed."- Lila Mandziuk, Occupational TherapistABOUT TREVOR On March 4, 2006, Trevor Greene, a former journalist, took off his helmet as a sign of respect when speaking with village elders in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. He went to Afghanistan as a Civil-Military Co-Operation officer. Connecting hard military work with the rebuilding effort was his everyday mission until that day, when a young man ignored the traditions that ensured the guests' safety, and snuck up behind the Captain to swing a crude axe two-handed into his skull. Unconscious, Trevor was evacuated, flown to Germany, then eventually to hospital in Vancouver. He had to undergo various surgeries, and spent long periods of time in a number of care facilities. His fiancée, Debbie, was told he would never come out of his coma. But he did, after which they said he would never be able to move on his own. He continues to prove them wrong today. Trevor lives in Nanaimo, BC, with Debbie (now his wife), and their daughter and son. With his wife he’s written “March Forth,” a book that tells their story. Trevor was also the subject of a CTV documentary; Peace Warrior. Trevor and Debbie believe in the power of education, and the importance of educating girls. They’ve set up the Greene Family Education Initiative to help educate young Afghan women to become teachers.