Clara: Bionic Woman

Dr. Munjed Al Muderis explaining Clara’s implants to her mother Kate. Don’t worry, the pink on her legs is just antiseptic!

Clara has entered the next phase of rehab at a larger clinic within the hospital. She is now “loading” or weight bearing on her implants without the aid of a harness, using double bars to support herself. She is experiencing intense muscular pain from the surgery, but is listening to her body and pushing ahead when she is able to.

The pain Clara is feeling is normal for Osseointegration, especially at this stage. More pain is expected, especially about 4-5 weeks after the surgery. I have been practicing Reiki (a form of energy healing) on Clara, which has helped her relax and calm the muscle spasms in her legs. She is strong and will make it through.

Doing reiki on Clara in recovery. The brand new implants look good!

Clara’s “supermom” Kate has flown back to the U.S. and her boyfriend Jeff has joined her for the remainder of her time in Australia. He will be her companion and caretaker for the coming months of intensive healing and rehab, and will continue to be there for her when they return to the States. They are a lovely couple, deeply commitment to each other. Munjed informed Clara about the importance of being around supportive friends/family/partner, as she will need to rely on them as she heals.

Clara and boyfriend Jeff 🙂

This is our last day in “Oz” and we feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to witness and document this incredible journey. Australia is a beautiful place and we enjoy it here, but we are also very much looking forward to coming home to the States. Clara and Jeff will return to the U.S. in early June. We look forward to spending time with them when they return and continuing production!videocamera

Beautiful Bondi Beach

Goodbye from the other side of the world…. !



4 thoughts on “Clara: Bionic Woman

  1. So glad to see Clara and Jeff together smiling, thanks for sharing this beautiful story of strength and endurance. Great job doc team, and keep strong Clara! You’re growing stronger every day 🙂

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  2. I read about Clara in the Smith Alumnae Quarterly. She is a true inspiration to the rest of us with our (mostly) lesser challenges. And thanks to her for making room in her life for a feline companion. There is nothing quite as emotionally therapeutic as being with a good pet. We love you, Clara.


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