Aaron’s Story


On August 18, 2009, while vacationing in Wildwood, NJ, Aaron hit his head on a sandbar and was paralyzed from the chest down. Transported to a trauma unit in Atlantic City, he underwent surgery and was placed on a ventilator. Later, he was moved to Magee Rehab in Philadelphia where he remained for over two months. In November at Select Specialty Hospital in Harrisburg, weaning from the ventilator was unsuccessful. Aaron came home on December 8, after which his condition improved. He was weaned from the ventilator on February 2, 2010. He has had no respiratory issues since. He is now participating in an aggressive therapy program at the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury (ICSCI) at Kennedy Krieger in Baltimore. He spent one week there in March, two weeks in May, and is scheduled to return in September. He is working on a home therapy program ICSCI developed. Initially diagnosed as an “ASIA A”, the worst possible injury (ASIA E indicates normal function) a week later he was upgraded to “ASIA B”. When ICSCI evaluated him in January, he was still a “B”. During re-evaluation in May, he moved up another level to “ASIA C”. This means that his body is responding, trying to recover the neurological connections it needs for his muscles to begin working again. ICSCI is a one of a kind, cutting edge program, not covered by the PA Medicaid program, so Aaron must hold on to his COBRA coverage. Though excellent coverage, some of the costly cutting edge therapy and equipment Aaron needs is not covered. Aaron’s road to recovery is likely to be a long one and there are no guarantees but one thing we know for certain…. If you don’t try, you fail. We thank you for standing with us in faith and prayer so that we may hope for Aaron’s full recovery.