SCI C5-C6 INCOMPLETE
In 2005 at the age of 37 years old, I thought I was on top of the world. I was an award winning architect, father of 2 boys, built a new home and happy with life. On November 26 my family and I traveled to our farm in Gainesville for a weekend of fun. Within 10 minutes of arriving, I had a brake malfunction on my ATV. The ATV landed on top of me crushing my C-5 and forever changing my life.
I was taken to Shands Trauma Center in Gainsville for a C-4 to C-7 Spinal Fusion. Within a month, I was air ambulanced to Shepard Center in Atlanta. After 2 ½ months of extreme therapy and family training, I was released. It was now time to travel back home to Fort Lauderdale and find quality therapy. I started at Health South but was very disappointed compared to Shepards Center. Jackson Memorial was my next home for therapy.
When leaving Shepard Center the doctor told me and my family I would be a head, shoulders and one arm. I threw those words in the garbage the day I arrived at Jackson. After 1 ½ years of outpatient therapy, I am now able to drive my own Mustang. A long way from a head, shoulders and one arm. WITH THIS INJURY YOU CAN NEVER GIVE UP THE FIGHT.
I did not stop there with just driving. I met a wonderful, knowledgeable and good friend David A. He told me all about china stem cell treatments and about a new facility “Center For Neuro Recovery”. I learned quickly from David and began my journey. I went to CNR for 2 weeks prior to my trip to China for measurements and evaluation. In October 2009 my wife and I traveled to Qingdao, China for 35 days of Therapy and 7 stem cell treatments. After returning my measurements were taken again to find a high percentage of change.
Today I am grateful to have such a complete and comprehensive activity-based strength training facility within driving distance. With 5 days a week workout sessions, Lokomat training, I have more strength, less spasms, better focus on life and more mobility.
I PERSONALLY FEEL CNR’S SLOGAN SHOULD BE “WE WILL, WE WILL, WALK YOU!”
THEY DO GET YOU MOVING
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