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I was injured on July 21, 2014 in Jamaica while on vacation. Kirby, my fiancee, spent almost 24 hours trying to get me out of Jamaica, back to Philadelphia and admitted to HUP. My injury was diagnosed as a fracture in my C6 and C7 vertebrae. The doctors thought my level of injury should have resulted in paralysis from neck down, but I was fortunate to still have some movement in my hands. After 2 surgeries and a battle with pneumonia in the ICU, I was finally discharged and admitted to Magee Rehabilitation Center.

Since I’ve been here the Magee Team has helped me learn to balance myself and provide hope to me with respect to my future recovery. I am still in my wheelchair, unable to feel from the chest down and with little movement in my fingers, but I see progress and am able for the first time this week to use the iPad and text my friends and family.

Updates (7)

November 9, 2015

Watch our latest story covered by the Wall Street Journal 11/4/2015

November 14, 2014

More coverage of our story


January 11, 2020

Sending continuous prayers to you as you continue on your journey of healing physically and spiritually. With love from Ghyslaine and Leslie

Ghyslaine McBean

August 8, 2019

Love you Suria !

Jillian Stamatelos

October 9, 2014

Suria, despite all the challenges, your unforgetable smile is still there! You are a fighter and an example to be followed. I am ecstatic about the news of your wedding! Congratulations to you and Kirby!

Paulo Espindula