SOLDIER SPOTLIGHT: HELP OGEN RUN AGAIN
Ogen has been injured three times throughout his army service. His first injury was the most severe of the three. He was injured during a training accident in 1997. He and his fellow soldiers were standing on a ledge outside a building. The ledge collapsed under them and they fell two stories. Ogen fell onto a wooden spike that went through his back. He was taken into surgery and was in a wheelchair for a year, followed by crutches for six months. Since then, he has suffered from two more injuries. Firstly, shrapnel in his face after stepping on a booby trap in Jenin, and secondly, burns from the suicide bomb at Megiddo Junction.
Almost 20 years after his first injury, Ogen suffers on a daily basis- there are some days he can’t get out of bed because of the pain. He also developed foot drop and other issues as a result of this injury. He has a slipped disk, and has implants and devices that were placed in his back to alleviate the pain, nerve damage etc.
Ogen uses a brace at the moment, but still requires a cane to help him walk. The brace is not flexible enough for him and he still cannot walk freely. IDEO has another brace to help Ogen. The brace has anti-shock technology meaning that when he takes a step, it won’t be absorbed onto the spine and the problematic nerves.
Ogen’s dream is to be able to run a 5-10k marathon. With this brace, he will be able to run again. To him it will be a complete game changer, and will improve his life dramatically.
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