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Post-Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Inspires Mother and Daughter to Change the Game

As the Daily Mail reports, Help Hope Live client Amanda Perla broke her neck in a 2007 car accident and was left with incomplete quadriplegia. The accident kicked off a challenging and inspiring journey for Amanda and her mother.

“I was a month away from graduating high school…in a split second, my life changed forever.”

  • Spent six months pursuing rehabilitation
  • Doctors told her she would never walk or live independently and advised her mother to consider putting Amanda in a nursing home
  • Amanda and her mother saw the flaws in post-injury care emphasizing simply accepting life in a wheelchair
  • They launched the paralysis rehabilitation nonprofit NextStep Orlando in 2009

“Being able to restore hope to other people in their recovery and their future after they’ve been told there is none makes it all worth it to me.”

Written by Emily Progin