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Man Who Was Paralyzed Hasn’t Skied In 32 Years, But Then Virtual Reality Pulls Him From His Wheelchair

By - 9th March 2018

It’s fair to say, we definitely take the technological advances in the world for granted. I’m sure a lot of you would struggle if you had to revert back to a phone that couldn’t browse the internet, play music or take photographs.  The internet and video games are a luxury, satellite television is another that is up there with running water and sliced bread when it comes to necessities.  But to some people, what is an entertaining little gadget could actually impact their life greatly. At least this was the case with Evan W. Gadda.

Thanks to some kind and caring people from the University of Nevada Reno (UNR), Evan got to experience something he never thought he’d be able to do again.

With some help from the world of virtual reality, a team at UNR was able to give Evan, a 47-year-old musical theatre major and master’s student, an experience that he thought was impossible.

Evan has cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair. But when he was young, he had a real passion, one that he hasn’t been able to experience for over 32 years. Skiing.

He hadn’t skied since he was 15 and it was something he dreamed he’d be able to experience again.

It was one of the most beautiful things I’ve experienced in my life, I’ve always wanted to ski again.

Thanks to a VR headset and some filming work, the UNR team managed to give Evan the ski experience of his life. It was so much that it brought Evan to tears.

Don’t forget to watch Evan’s emotional journey in the video below. And please let us know what you thought of the experience in the comment section. At Happiest we love hearing all of your opinions. 🐝