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.