Heather's Story

"You're going to get married, Heather, and you are going to walk down that aisle."

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Barbara's Story

Living with MS and arthritis, Barbara came to Magee for Rehab.

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Zach's Story

Zach Slane had an extraordinary year in 2014. After two liver transplants and five months in two Philadelphia hospitals, Zach needed rehabilitation. He had to relearn how to sit, stand, walk, and take care of his basic daily needs.

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Rebecca's Story

The journey of 1,000 miles begins with one step.

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Derrick's Story

After a rare stroke to his spinal cord, teen Derrick Redcay arrived at Magee on a ventilator, just weeks shy of his high school graduation.

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David's Story

After paralysis from Guilan-Barre Syndrome, David Phillips found strength in Art Therapy.

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James's Story

When you ask James Phillips to name his favorite musician, he pauses for quite a while, mentally ranking and re-ranking Miles Davis, John Coltrain, Grover Washington, Jr., and a host of other jazz greats. But that’s one of the few times you’ll find James, who survived a stroke in 2006, at a loss for words.

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Suria's Story

It was a trip that everything changed. While vacationing in Jamaica in July 2014, an accident on a water slide caused a fracture in Suria’s C6 and C7 vertebrae. She was helicoptered back to Philadelphia for surgery and arrived at Magee a few weeks later, paralyzed from the chest down.

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Marilyn's Story

Marilyn was an avid ballroom dancer, but began experiencing severe pain in her hips. After a double hip replacement, Marilyn, 61, used her fierce determination to work her way back to the dance floor.

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Ather's Story

Ather Sharif was on his way to becoming a software engineer, when a car accident changed his life forever. He survived the crash, but now has tetraplaegia. Ather has not let this hold him back one bit.

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Steve's Story

Steve was at home watching a movie when things got… weird.

“About a third into the film, I noticed that the audio level from the soundtrack was starting to irritate me. It wasn’t much after this that my head started to feel as if I was about to faint..."

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Jacqueline's Story

Before her car accident, Jacqueline Gilbert was a member of the Military Police in the Army National Guard. You would expect a traumatic brain injury to impact her military career. And it did; now, she’s been promoted to sergeant.

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Ernie's Story

As a musician, Ernie Hargust’s art always took him on the road. A talented singer-songwriter, he traveled all over the East Coast performing for packed crowds. In fact, he was on the way to a gig when he was in an auto accident that changed his life forever. He survived the crash, but sustained a C4 spinal cord injury.

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Diana's Story

Most people don’t remember the immediate moments of a life-changing injury. At best, many describe a blur with snapshots of scenes and sounds. But for people who have sustained this type of injury, one thing remains etched on their memory: the date.

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AJ's Story

AJ Nanayakkara suffered a spinal cord injury in 1994 that left him with quadriplegia and a poor outlook on life. After learning about Magee's quad rugby team, AJ realized life, though different, can go on.

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Andrew's Story

A mere 10 days before starting college, Andrew suffered a broken neck while swimming.

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Brian's Story

Brian Propp has been skating since he was a little boy growing up in Saskatchewan, Canada, and skated in many of the world’s biggest arenas over his 15 years in the National Hockey League, but it was his skating on the 3rd floor at Magee that would propel him to recovery from a stroke in Fall 2015.

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