One Woman's Inspiring Life Underwater

Artist Sue Austin has not let being in a wheelchair block her artistic abilities.
1:47 | 06/12/13

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Ask if xeljanzis right for you. Now someone who will make you think about possibility. John donvan with the woman we will never forget. Reporter: Just watch for a moment. It really is what it looks lie. Except, look close. Behind the wheels. A double set of propellers. And so she goes. Weightless. An every now and then comes up for air. Meet sue austin on dry land. Giving a talk that has been downloaded by half a million people. It's wonderful to be here to talk about my journey. Reporter: Sixteen years ago, she began experiencing rare neurological problems after contracting cytomegalovirus, and eventually lost almost all of her mobility. For years it bothered her to be perceived as limited, confined. It was if they couldn't see me anymore. Reporter: So she went to the sea so we would see the device she rides in a whole new way. I literally have the freedom to move in 360 degrees of space in an ecstatic experience of joy and freedom. Reporter: The technology, it took a little doing. I started talking to engineers. They said no, you're not going to be able to do it which is probably the best thing anyone could have said to me. Reporter: With the help of drivers, sue invented a water chair with custom fins and an air tank and she took the plunk for a ride that no one has ever taken before. Literally pushed me through into a new way of being, into new dimensions and a new level of nsciousness. John donvan abc news washington.

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