Todd H

 

VA

Injury Level: C6
Injury Date: 3/8/2009

 

I was injured on March 8, 2009 while riding my bicycle.  I was traveling down a sidewalk when it suddenly ended; turning into a dirt path.   I hit something that caused me to flip over the handle bars, resulting in a severe bruise of my spinal cord at the C6 Vertebrae, leaving me paralyzed from the chest down.

I spent nine days at Fairfax Hospital (I am from Northern Virginia), and then was flown to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, GA.  There I spent nine weeks in rehabilitation.   The Shepherd Center is one of the best rehabilitation facilities in the United States and I learned a tremendous amount about spinal cord injuries.   They offer a very intense daily routine of PT, OT, classes on living with SCI, recreation classes and public outings.   After my rehab at Shepherd I spent six weeks in Augusta, GA. at the Veterans Hospital.

I learned of Race To Walk through an internet search.  Their facility offers cutting edge technology and great equipment, in a very clean and inviting setting.  Their staff is very professional and has a vast knowledge of spinal cord injuries and different exercise programs.

After my accident I had no feeling below my injury level, however over the past few months I have regained feeling in my right leg and a little in my left leg.  A spinal cord injury is a sudden change in life.  I had to spend four months in hospitals, (fortunately I had six months of sick leave).  My family members had to put all my belongings into storage, as I have since moved to the Lake Norman area and am living with my brother and sister-in-law.  I am participating in physical therapy and the program at Race To Walk in an effort to gain enough independence to live on my own again.


 

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