In August 2009, while vacationing in Wildwood,NJ, Aaron Wood hit his head on a sandbar, broke his neck, and was immediately paralyzed from the chest down. Transported to a trauma unit in Atlantic City, he underwent surgery and was placed on a ventilator. He was removed from the ventilator in February 2010 and has remained ventilator free ever since.
Aaron has participated in an aggressive therapy program at the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury (ICSCI) at Kennedy Krieger in Baltimore. He works on a home therapy program ICSCI developed for him. Initially diagnosed as an “ASIA A”, the worst possible injury (ASIA E indicates normal function), he has progressed to “ASIA C”. This means that his body is trying to recover the neurological connections it needs for his muscles to work again.
ICSCI is a one of a kind, cutting edge program, only partially covered by Aaron’s insurance, so he incurs a good bit of out of pocket expenses. Much of the costly therapy and equipment Aaron needs is not covered at all. Aaron‘s wheelchair currently needs to be replaced. He recently had to replace the part of his chair that he uses to control the chair’s movement. Insurance did not pay for that; the cost was $2000. The new wheelchair Aaron needs assists him to rise to a standing position. This is beneficial as Aaron suffers from blood clots in his legs and standing and putting weight on his legs helps his circulation.
Aaron’s road to recovery is a long one and there are no guarantees. We thank you for standing with us in faith, prayer and support so that we may assist with, and continue to hope for, Aaron’s recovery.