Success Stories

The International Center for Spinal Cord Injury offers more than just the hope of recovery from what was once thought to be an irreversible and life altering injury. Through the use of Activity Based Restorative Therapies (RT) great promise has been shown helping adults and children with chronic spinal cord injuries recover sensation, movement, independence, and overall improved quality of life even many months or years after an injury.

LILY WILKINSON   Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury

Lily was just three when her neck was broken in an automobile accident. After months of intensive care, her parents were told she would never be able to use or feel her legs again. Read Full Story

MARSHALL GARBER   Spinal Cord Mass

“Going into my treatment at Kennedy Krieger, I didn’t have an intention of forming a family there but in a way I did,” says 17-year-old Marshall Garber of his rehabilitation for a spinal cord injury at the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury at Kennedy Krieger Institute. Read Full Story

MATT COURSON   Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury

Matt climbed on his four-wheeler to make the short trip to visit a friend. He never made it. He can't remember much about the ride, but he knows he went over a 20-foot embankment. When he came to after the crash, he couldn't move. Read Full Story

CARLA STEPPE   Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury

A car ride home from a family vacation in Florida changed Carla Steppe's life forever. Through her therapy, she was able to finish high school, college, and secure a job as an architect, designing buildings for individuals with a range of physical challenges. Read Full Story

JACK ORTEGREN   Transverse Myelitis

In a matter of days, Kirk and Jami Ortegren watched their son Jack go from crawling to being unable to move. Doctors diagnosed Jack with transverse myelitis. Although local doctors in Omaha gave Jack a grim progrnosis, new hope came when the Ortegren's found the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury at Kennedy Krieger Institute. Read Full Story

MACKENZIE CLARE   Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury

MacKenzie was just ten years old and looking forward to a day of fun at Port Discovery in Baltimore with her parents and two friends on April 2, 2005. That rainy day took a different turn when a pick-up truck traveling on the opposite side of the highway lost control and veered into their lane, hitting their car, and injuring all five occupants. Read Full Story

VAN BROOKS   Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury

"I remember everything," Brooks said the other day. "I remember making the tackle. I remember laying there and not being able to feel anything. I remember talking to the trainer, who was asking me different questions. I remember getting into an ambulance. Read Full Story

LORETTA McRAE   Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury

In the months since the 15-year-old struck her head on an ocean sandbar in Australia, sustaining a C6-level spinal cord injury, virtually every expert said she's already gotten her miracle. She was alive, she could wiggle her toes, she was regaining sensation in her limbs. But she would probably need to use a wheelchair for the rest of her life. Read Full Story