Taking a chance on a Mollii suit has given a new lease of life for a multi gold medallist Sunshine Coast Para Athlete.
Pete Murrell said winning all his medals paled in comparison compared to what he can do, because of Mollii.
“Even though I have been in competitions in different parts of the world, I missed the subtleties of life,” he said
“Now I can go for walks along the beach, potter around the house and play with the dog.”
In 1987 Pete was a successful business owner with a passion for Polo Cross, however luck was to deal him a fateful hand.
“In a blink of an eye my world changed,” he said.
In June that year Pete was competing in a match when a chance collision had him pinned under two fallen horses.
“With major head injuries, a broken back, six ribs and collarbone, I lay in a coma for three months.”
When he woke, Pete found he could not move the right side of his body.
“I didn’t know what had happened to me,” he said.
“All I remember was going to sleep the night before the accident.”
During months of recuperation and therapy, Pete was taught how to walk and talk.
However, this was not enough for an athlete like Pete.
And so he began looking around for something to do and stumbled on cycling.
Before long, he was at the gym three days a week.
“I would do a three hour session followed by a 100km bike ride,” he said.
“By the time my three-wheeled bicycle and I retired, we had had competed in multiple Para Athletics World Championships and won three gold, and two silver medals.”
Settling down in his unit in Maroochydore, surrounded by his memories, Pete was fairly content.
But that all changed in August 2018, when Mollii entered his life.
“One of my carers at 121 Care said I should try Mollii as they were getting great results from other wearers,” he said.
Mollii is a suit that consists of a pair of trousers, a jacket and a detachable control unit.
The unit sends electrical signals to any number of the 58 electrodes inside the garment positioned to stimulate 40 key muscles in the body.
Pete said he puts the Mollii suit on every morning.
“That’s the best time because the growth hormones that the electrodes needs to target, are at their most active,” he said.
He said the electrical current stimulates his muscles, making them relax.
“I can feel my muscles loosen up, and I am able to move my right side much easier,” he said.
Pete’ partner Julee said she has seen a major change in Pete’s quality of life and outlook.
“He is far more active and talkative,” she said.
“Every day I have noticed, he seems to be getting stronger and more confident.”
She said their Cattle Dog Missy was a little apprehensive with Pete’s increased abilities.
“When Pete threw the ball for her for the first time with his right hand she refused to get it,” she said.
121 Care general manager Kym Chomley said Mollii was purposely designed for adults and children with neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, acquired brain damage, spinal cord injury and stroke.
“A few of our clients use Mollii and I am continually amazed at the results,” she said.
She said number of clinical studies were ongoing in several countries, led by renown hospitals and doctors, including Monash University.
“With success stories like Pete’s, I have complete confidence in Mollii and I know it will change many people’s lives,” she said.
For information on the MOllii Suit or 121 Care’s services, phone 5443 9777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org