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Dave's Exopulse Mollii Suit Real Life Story

Dave's story

Archery extraordinaire, David Phillips, excels further than he could have imagined with the Exopulse Mollii Suit

Father of two, David Phillips, is a passionate and talented Paralympic Archer from Wales. David has remitting and relapsing Mutiple Sclerosis (MS) which is a condition that can affect the brain and spinal cord, causing a wide range of potential symptoms, including problems with vision, arm or leg movement, sensation or balance.

At the tender age of 12, David discovered his love and talent for archery and was competing until the age of 18 and even shot for Wales. However, due to family commitments and competitions being on the weekend David took the difficult decision to stop. In 1996, David was diagnosed with MS., “I had worked in the Steel industry for 30 years and my wife was asking me what I was going to do when I retired”, David explained. “I think she didn’t want me hanging around the house so suggested I got back into archery. I think she just wanted me to play every other Saturday but now I am training 5 times a week!” Within one year, David made it into the Paralympic team and was winning European gold medals.

Being an ambassador for the MS Society, David is passionate about giving back and helping anyone he can. “Being a role model is greater than any medal earnt, this just gives me the platform to be able to do so”, said David. “I want to encourage people with MS and show them that anything is possible. I can’t believe it’s true that I am 56 and as good as I am.”

3 months ago David came across the Exopulse Mollii Suit. The suit is a near full body assistive device designed to help relieve tense, spastic muscles and the pain these symptoms for spasticity can often cause. David wears the suit everyday to help with his recovery after training. David expressed, “The benefits the suit has given to me are instantaneous”, said David. “The suit has allowed me to train longer and harder without getting tired, fatigue is something which has always been a problem with MS. Prior to wearing the suit I would struggle to put on my socks and would need help from my wife however since wearing it my flexibility has improved meaning I can do it myself. Since wearing the suit also I haven’t fallen whereas I use to fall once a week. I feel fit, healthy and I have grandkids which I can do anything with.”

Continuing to excel, David will be attending The European Championships in Rome this August and we are sure he will continue to bring home the medals. David finished, “For anyone who is suffering with MS or recently diagnosed don’t forget your whole family is suffering with you. Try to be as positive as possible and do any movement that you can. Just 5 minutes a day stretching can make such a difference and you need to make sure you can rest afterwards.”

Before & after

After one hour in his Suit, Dave's hand, arm, and leg movements are already easier and more coordinated.

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* The testimonials, statements, and opinions presented in the videos are only applicable to the individuals depicted. The testimonials are not representative of patient experience. The exact results and experience will be unique and individual to each patient. The users depicted in the videos received compensation for the time spent on filming with Ottobock.

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