Matt

Updated: May 14

Matt is not just one of the Directors of Adapt Ability, he was also one of the first Omeo customers in the UK. Matt has a T10 spinal cord injury and is paralysed from the waist down. Here is his experience of the Omeo in his own words...




'The Closest Thing To Independence'

The Omeo has probably saved me from myself to be honest. Before my injury 4 years ago, I was a Greenkeeper and tree surgeon. I loved the outdoors. I loved physical exercise...walking, running, climbing...you name it! When I realised I was paralysed and would be in a wheelchair for the rest of my life it was devastating. Mentally I struggled with the idea of being 'trapped' in my chair. I struggled with the idea that I wouldn't be able to access the places I loved. I struggled with being 'seen' in my chair. Then I found the Omeo online. I could see it was different...strong, cool, fast, all terrain...all the things I needed. From the moment I was lucky enough to take delivery of my Omeo, things changed for me. I felt pretty proud to be leaving the house on a such a cool looking machine. People no longer asked me about what had happened to me and instead wanted to talk to me about my 'cool chair!' There are very few places I can't go on my Omeo, with the only limitation being steps really. Even then I tend to be able to find a way round and still get there before everyone else!! The Omeo is genuinely the closest thing I have to total independence. It has helped me both mentally and physically in the face of my paralysis and I feel proud to be on it.



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