“She fell out of an upper level window and landed on her feet”
At age 14, Genesis took a hard fall out of an upper level window in a multistoried building. Landing on her feet, she sustained a traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) with multiple fractures throughout her lumbar spine and ribs as well as a burst fracture in her thoracic spine. This is an extremely painful injury associated with falling from a great height. A burst fracture indicates that the vertebral body is crushed in all directions and shards of vertebrae are penetrating surrounding tissues, sometimes including the spinal canal. If the bone fragments spread out toward the spinal cord and cause it to bruise, it could lead to partial nerve damage or paralysis.
Due to the extent and severity of Genesis’ injuries, she had emergency spinal fusion surgery to stabilize the fracture immediately following her accident. During surgery, doctors also performed a laminectomy to enlarge Genesis’ spinal canal in order to relieve pressure on the spinal cord and nerves.
Afterward, Genesis had to stay in the hospital for several weeks. She currently attends physical therapy twice a week for ongoing outpatient care, where she motivates younger patients also in recovery with her positive attitude. Genesis works exceptionally hard during each of her physical therapy sessions and never complains. The staff at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital calls Genesis “a joy to work with.” She has made tremendous progress on her road to recovery.
It is with great pleasure that we honor Genesis by recognizing her as Kid’s Wish Network’s along with Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital’s Hero of the Month. Congratulations, Genesis!