Paramobile helps Wounded Warrior find new mobility

Motorized wheelchair provides ability to stand

SAN DIEGO - Some amazing technology is helping local Marine Sgt. Jason Ross get his life back by allowing him to stand again.

A powered wheelchair is not a new concept, but as far as Ross is concerned, the Paramobile has been life changing.

"I can do stuff. I don't have to stay on the sidelines," Ross said in front of a Point Loma Carl's Jr., which for the next four weeks will help veterans with its Stars for Heroes Program.

Ross deployed in 2011 with a Marine unit to Afghanistan when he stepped on an improvised explosive device.

"I had above-the-knee amputations right there on the spot, both legs," he said.

Given only a 2 percent chance to live, Ross managed to survive after countless surgeries and months in an intensive care unit.

He had a motorized chair, but when the Stand Up and Play Foundation offered the chance to get him a Paramobile, he said, "Not only does the chair lift so that it feels as though I'm standing, but I can go to the beach or a park, play with my kids and not worry about the chair getting stuck."

The chairs are not cheap, as they cost anywhere from $20,000 to $30,000. But the Stand Up and Play Foundation, created by another Wounded Warrior, Anthony Netto, is determined to get more of them.

"My goal, my biggest dream is to get everyone outside and to stand up," Netto said.

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