In 1995, Keith Jansz’s life changed forever. Just 2 months after having run the London Marathon, he was involved in a car accident which left him tetraplegic, and unable to use his hands or his legs. Thankfully however, the accident did not take away his determination, and in 1998, Keith was accepted as a Student Artist by the international self help organisation, the Mouth & Foot Painting Artists. Spurred on by this achievement Keith worked diligently to achieve full Membership within the organisation in 2000
Keeping fit, having freedom to access different terrains, and being comfortable have always been of great importance to Keith, and on seeing the Trekinetic K2 at a disability roadshow, he determined he would have one.
The following is Keith’s testimonial, in his own words :
It just looked so different for a start, but I felt that the forward positioning of the wheels would enable me, as a C5/6 complete tetraplegic, to get more traction with the limited muscles I can use.
When I first tried it my attempts at pushing were not very impressive but within a few minutes I felt that, although it was so alien to my normal experience, it would work. Being able to liaise with the designer Mike Spindle to make the adjustments necessary to suit my level of injury was a huge advantage – my Trekinetic was customised for my personal needs.
I took receipt of my new Trekinetic just before travelling to the States in 2009 and, despite my wife’s anxiety at taking a chair that was new to me, I instinctively knew that it would be fine. During that trip I began to push myself further and over terrain that I could never have attempted previously. On our last day I pushed myself down the length of Miami Beach – something I would never imagine was possible.
I am a professional artist, painting by holding a brush in my mouth since I have no hand function, and I use my Trekinetic everyday in my studio. Indoors it is a bit heavier than many chairs but this means that I am getting exercise continually, and if it was too easy I wouldn’t be building muscle strength. The hydraulic shock absorber allows adjustments when being pushed up or down slopes (and is more comfortable for the occasional nap!) The Trekinetic always attracts a lot of attention, particularly in airports, which is a great full circle of inspiration, since Mike had his light bulb moment in designing the chair in an airport!
The greatest benefit of my Trekinetic is the way it has enabled me to increase my strength. I am able to push up small slopes, something that would have been impossible previously, and this year pushed 5.5 kms around Silverstone Circuit, raising funds for the spinal research charity ‘Wings For Life’. I recently met someone who I hadn’t seen for a few years and halfway through the conversation he interrupted what he was talking about to say that he couldn’t believe I was the same person – he was stunned that I gained so much strength, convinced that there had been some great medical ‘cure’. The truth is that the difference in my strength and ability is down to my Trekinetic and what it has enabled me to do achieve.
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