On November 4th, 2009, Nico Clothier’s life changed suddenly. As the result of a tragic accident, Nico suffered a C3/C4 spinal cord injury. After initial treatment at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Nico spent five months at the Magee Rehabilitation Hospital. On May 13, 2010, six months after his accident, Nico finally returned home.
Nico’s road to recovery has been slow but promising. Since he returned home, Nico’s health has stabilized, allowing him to complete his high school career with the rest of his class. He has regained some movement in his arms and shoulders, and is experiencing increased sensation in his extremities. Nico has learned to maneuver his electric wheelchair with a joystick, has become proficient in Dragon Speak (speech recognition software), can comfortably use the “standing frame” for an hour(+) at a time, is involved with the peer-mentoring program at Magee Rehabilitation, and is even is even studying independently across the country at UC Berkeley. And amazingly, to help secure his hold on life, Nico has been able to wean himself off of the ventilator full-time!
May 22, 2010
Dear George, Audrey & Nico - It has been ages since we talked George, but as a childhood SCI survivor myself, my best wishes are with Nico & your family for a bright future. Right now I'm sure that it looks like the white water goes on forever, but at some point the waters will get calmer, you just have to keep paddling with that in mind.
Dave Price, GSB '87, Brentwood, TN
February 24, 2010
Nico, Our good friend, Jeff Harris, has encountered many of the same challenges you face now and hopefully can be a resource to you in your recovery. (We have mentioned you to him.) Meanwhile, you are in our prayers and we are pleased to have the opportunity to support you in this small way. God bless you. The Bucks
The Buck Family / Bryn Mawr, PA
February 21, 2010
Our message is one of hope for a great recovery. We think of you everyday, Nico.
Tony and Linda Parrotto/ West Conshohocken, PA
February 8, 2010
Dear Clothier Family, Our dear friend Frank Gannon just passed away and his wishes were that donations be made to NTAF in his memory for Nico.We have done that and are praying that Nico will make a full recovery. We thank Helen and Frank for alerting us to Nico's plight.
Tunia and Bill Hyland, Santa Fe,NM