Medical gaming treating life-changing injuries
Rehabilitation centres across the world are using computer games to help patients dealing with the impact of serious illness or injury.

Ruby Flanagan, a nurse from the Wirral, lost her leg at the age of 24 after being hit by a car in August 2021. She is now receiving therapies based on computer games as part of her rehabilitation, which she hopes will mean she will one day be able to lift her young son off the floor. Ruby suffered her injury while shopping with her five-month-old son, Leon. Although she managed to throw her son out of harm's way, Ruby was not so lucky. Her right leg had to be amputated, her left leg needed extensive reconstruction and her pelvis was shattered by the impact of the crash.

Now at a specialist rehabilitation clinic, called Steps, in Sheffield, Ruby is receiving a variety of conventional treatments, including hydrotherapy and physiotherapy, as well as regular MindPod sessions. MindPod allows Ruby and other patients with similar conditions to control an animated dolphin to help their bodies regain strength, balance and co-ordination. The ambient lighting and calming nature of MindPod's environment is helping her move her body instinctively, without thinking about it. It is helping balance, co-ordination and core stability.