Dylan was the average, active teenager hanging out with friends this summer until he had a traumatizing experience happen to him. He was climbing a tree over the river bank wehen the limb broke causing him to fall head first into shallow water. Dylan sustained spinal cord injury during that fall and now has paraplegia. He underwent two months of intense inpatient rehabilitation. Dylan was a trooper from day one! He was highly motivated and a hard worker throughout all of these therapies. For the first half of his admission, Dylan had to wear a TLSO when sitting higher than 30 degrees and then a c-collar at all times.
Throughout Dylan’s admission, he was battling with hypotension which restricted most of his therapy sessions. Despite his uncomfortable braces and set-backs with hypotension, he still gave 110% in his therapies. Dylan was a go-getter. He had his goals set high and never gave up. By the time Dylan was discharged from the hospital, he was ambulating with leg braces, a walker and with assistance. Plus, Dylan will now be starting high school as a freshman and will have to cope with body image issues of being in a wheelchair and cope with rude, judging teenagers at the same time.
Even though Dylan is home now, he still has a long road to recovery and numerous months to years of outpatient rehab.
Dylan and his mom were very excited to learn that he had been chosen for the Hero of the Month. Thank you for giving Dylan this wonderful opportunity!