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Shannon McMannis’s story:
On February 6, 2015, I was shot in my back two times one piercing my spine and the other entering my left lung. I was subsequently determined to be paralyzed at the T4-T6 level. I was hospitalized for 3 weeks at Grant Medical Center and upon release I was sent to Ohio Health inpatient rehabilitation center for another 3 weeks. After being released and returning home I went for a few weeks to a local outpatient physical rehabilitation center at Aden Hospital. In April I was accepted at Ohio State Martha Morehouse outpatient rehabilitation and have been going there 3 to 5 days a week ever since.
My experience at Ohio State Martha Morehouse rehabilitation has been nothing short of amazing. All the staff are very encouraging and sympathetic to each individual’s needs. They focus on your strengths and weaknesses to help you on your journey of learning to walk again. When I first began physical therapy there I was in a wheelchair and could not move my legs or walk. Since being in therapy I have not only learned to walk and not in my wheelchair anymore but have almost all functioning back of my lower extremities. Since being able to walk again they have been focusing on my strength and balance. I am now able to walk with canes. The equipment at this facility is top of the art and gives people such as myself a chance to walk again. Without this equipment and amazing staff I would not have made it so far in such a short amount of time.
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