Success Stories

Our patients are incredible examples of the power of effective treatment and perseverance.

At the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury, we've witnessed patients regain sensation, function, mobility, independence and most importantly, hope.

These are their stories.

Transverse Myelitis

An infection had paralyzed her legs, but Kristen was determined to walk again. After a year of intense therapies, she completed her first 5K. Now, she's back to following her childhood dreams--and one new dream, too. 




Mike and Cheryl:
Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury

Mike and Cheryl's forty-year journey as a couple is a true example of a classic love story. After a tragic accident left Mike paralyzed, Cheryl stayed by his side throughout the entire ordeal and its aftermath. They eventually married and have gone on to raise three children, and now have ten grandchildren.



Spinal Cord Stroke

Gracie has been defying the odds her entire life. At birth, doctors thought she wouldn't survive because of a heart defect. During a surgery to correct it, Gracie experienced a spinal cord stroke that left her legs paralyzed. Now, she is able to walk short distances with her walker, proving that despite the obstacles she faced earlier in life, there are no limits to what she can do.



Transverse Myelitis

After being diagnosed with transverse myelitis and left paralyzed, Logan had little to smile about. With the help of Kennedy Krieger specialists who helped make her therapy fun, Logan began to regain function and movement, ultimately relearning how to walk independently again. Now, Logan's smile is so big, it can light up any room.



Transverse Myelitis

Animal lover Destiny missed her pet cat and was initially homesick during her hospitalization and rehabilitation from transverse myelitis. With the help of animal assisted therapy, Destiny's spirits were quickly lifted.




Transverse Myelitis

Though she was diagnosed with transverse myelitis, a rare neuro-immunological disorder, when she was only 8-years-old, Sarah's enthusiasm and optimistic outlook on life have helped her stay positive—and on track with her recovery—by giving back, encouraging others and looking ahead.



Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury

Robby Beckman was devastated when doctors told him he'd never be able to walk again after he was paralyzed in a diving accident. Thanks to his dedication to rehab, Robby has gained independence and managed to thrive, despite his injury.



Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury

Sanayah suffered a severe spinal cord injury, brain hemorrhage and concussion after a serious car accident. The swelling-—and the damage to the nerves that followed—left her paralyzed from the chest down.

At Kennedy Krieger, intensive activity-based restorative therapy and functional electrical stimulation are helping improve Sanayah's function and improve her muscle strength.


Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury

After a surfing accident left Mike Fritschner paralyzed at age 15, he thought he had lost everything. With the help of his therapy team, as well as his determination, he has made incredible mental and physical gains and has accomplished things many thought were possible.



Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS)

Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) left her partially parakyzed and unable to walk, talk, or eat. Rehabilitation sessions that incorporated video games, pool sessions, and sports helped progress Kylie from inpatient therapy to outpatient therapy, eventually helping her make a full recovery.



Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM)

Megan awoke one morning and found herself paralyzed from the shoulders down. It turned out she was suffering from acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM), an extremely rare condition characterized by a brief but widespread attack of inflammation in the brain and spinal cord that damages myelin, the protective covering of nerve fibers. Megan didn't allow her condition to stop her, and with the help of Kennedy Krieger, was able to walk the runway at New York Fashion Week.


Spinal Cord Tumor

Young Penelope's family was referred to Kennedy Krieger after neuroblastoma left her unable to walk. Twice-weekly therapy sessions, including walking on a partial body weight-supported treadmill and weight-bearing exercises using a bracing system for the spine and legs, helped Penelope regain strength and improve her walking.



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