It's a life-changing diagnosis: paralyzed from the waist down with no chance of ever walking again.
That's what doctors told Natchitoches man Leterrione Eady after an accident last year. With determination and hard work, however, he is defying the odds one step at a time.
"To me it's just a minor setback for a major comeback," Eady says of his diagnosis.
Eady came to the Prism Center in Natchitoches diagnosed as a complete paraplegic, but he found out from his therapists that he actually has slight feeling in his legs and can learn to walk again.
"Someone tells us we can't do something, we try to prove them wrong," says Prism Center therapist Chris Phillips. "It's just extra motivation, and plus the patient, he's the same way. He said, 'I want to do what ever I can to walk again.'"
Eady's making longer strides faster with the help of the $30,000 NASA-designed Alter G anti-gravity treadmill. It reduces Eady's true weight so he can work on natural walking movements rather than using energy to lift the weight of his own limbs.
Eady started with only 20 percent of his weight but now walks with 45 percent. He's also going longer distances.
The patient is still reliant on his wheelchair outside of the Alter G but says with God and his family he's already making the impossible possible.
"Just know the thing is that you can't give up," says Eady. "You know what I'm saying. Just strive for it, and you can get it. You gonna make it."
For more information on the Alter G treadmill visit their website: http://www.alterg.com/