Tony from South Africa writes:
Goodday, I live in Uitenhage in South Africa and I am married. My wife suffers from HSP.We have been to various doctors and specialists in South Africa and they all come back with the same answer – no cure yet. She has a big balance problem and always needs to walk with a walking stick or 2, or an old age walker when at home to get around. But for shopping centres I bought her a Segway i2.This Human Transporter has turned her life around 180 degrees and I would recommend this vehicle to all HSP sufferers who mostly suffer from bad gait and walking, balance problems.
She is also now able to shop like a normal person and is much faster and has gained her independence which she lost many years ago. So if you are able to afford this machine, I would recommend that you get one. It is very expensive in South africa with the exchange rate, but it was worth every cent. And I am by no means rich. The only drawback is that it is a bit heavy weighing about 40kg or so and the person using it will have to have a friend or partner to assist loading it into a car when going from place to place. If you are lucky enough to live close to a shopping centre, then you’re in luck.
I am 45 yrs old and my wife is 40. I hope the researchers will come up with a cure in our lifetime at least so she can experience a good quality life in her remaining years. All the best to HSP people out there worldwide. See http://www.segway.com