While on a family vacation in Nags Head, NC in June of 2016, Riley went to cool off in the ocean. As so many of us have done, he dove into a wave. But he hit his head on a sandbar!! It didn’t knock him out, but he said he saw bright light all around. He remained face down trying with all his might to put his hands or legs down. Nothing was happening. A cousin was in the water and a friend on the edge of the water. The rest of the families were setting up for a perfect family beach day. When we realized Riley was just floating, the cousin, friend, and his dad carefully pulled him up so he wouldn’t drown. He could talk, but not feel or move anything!! Beach rescue came immediately and took him to the local hospital where they did x-rays. We then were sent to Norfolk by med flight for surgery. The surgery was on C-4-C6, but he has a rod from C-3-C-7. he was paralyzed from nippleline down. After 2 weeks we came to MCV and he started his therapy and the long road to recovery.** If you would like to see more about Riley’s last 2 1/2 years of hard work and ups and down, follow his facebook page “Let’s Rally for Riley”. I still do updates weekly. Riley has made Great strides so far. with special silverware, he feeds himself. He can move his arms to help get himself dressed and can feel certain places on his body. He works out 4 times a week and since June 2018, has been working with his former employer a few hours a week. His main goal, at this time, is to complete the DMV test and get a modified truck of his own to drive again!!
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April 24, 2019
Comtinuing im prayer for you Riley!