When you need to use a wheelchair without having a back-up, there’s nothing worse than walking up stairs without using the back brace.
So when Karen materia, a 27-year-old model and former contestant on “The Voice,” suffered a stroke last year, she knew she wanted to use the wheelchair to make the most of her life.
“I thought, this is what I want to do,” she said.
She started researching wheelchair-accessible products and found a local company called Back-Bots that offers its own wheelchair-based products.
The company, which sells a range of products, including a wheelchair-supported electric bike, said that it has already received hundreds of requests for Back-Bot products.
“I’m so glad I did this,” said materia.
The company’s website says the products were designed for people who are paralyzed, have limited mobility, or have a history of spinal cord injury.
According to materia’s website, the products range from $19 to $50, with the highest price being $150 for a wheelchair support.
As for her wheelchair, she says that the new product is a lot easier to use because it’s not a backrest and there’s a way to turn it around.
“It’s just a lot more comfortable and I feel like it’s my own thing,” she explained.
It’s not only the ability to move, but the fact that it’s also a product that people can buy, materia said.
With a price tag of $150, materias wheelchair also comes with a little extra.
“For me it’s like $60 to get it, so it’s a good price to spend,” she told CBS News.
Matteria says she is a model and the wheelchair is the one she has always wanted.
She’s also got a goal of becoming a professional model and she says she wants to make it as comfortable as possible.
This is a story about technology and mobility, but it also touches on the human side, says Laura McLean, founder and CEO of Back-bots.
McLean said that back-bots wheelchair supports are made of metal and have a high-tech device called a wireless remote control.
She said that the company was approached by the American Heart Association, which is the US Association of the Surgeons, who told them that there were problems with the wheelchair’s design.
“We were approached by their HR department to be sure we would take care of their concerns,” she added.