Monthly Archives: March 2005
An old adage says, “Time heals all wounds.” While the axiom may have a more emotional meaning, for Ringling football coach Rick Gandy, it’s been time which has helped him recover from a serious neck injury suffered last month.
Gandy, who was the 2003 All-Area Football Team’s Coach of the Year after guiding his Blue Devils to an undefeated season and the Class A state title, is slowing recovering from his injury at Integris Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation Center in Oklahoma City.
Tiffany Garner – Of the Suburban Journals/Belleville Journal
Matt Langenhorst’s life was changed forever in an instant on Feb. 8, 2001 when he and his wife Erika were in a car accident along Highway 94 in St. Charles, Mo.
MIRACLE man John Burgess is back on his feet and defying doctors’ diagnosis just six months after being told he might never walk again.
Doctors gave the dad-of-three little hope of recovery after he suffered a broken neck when a scrum collapsed while he was playing for Sunderland RUFC’s second string.
She’s strapped into what looks like an adult version of a baby walker. Amy Foels doesn’t care. “Whatever it takes,” she says. She’s a long way from her home in Elkader – and the car crash that left her legs paralyzed.
Detroit, Mich. – Amy Foels grabs the metal railing on each side of her for support. A physical trainer bends to adjust the new, bright pink leg braces that prevent her knees from buckling. He wraps a belt around her that he will hold in case she falls.
SCI primarily affects young adults. Fifty-five percent of SCIs occur among persons in the 16 to 30 year age group, and the average age at injury is 32.1 years. Since 1973 there has been an increase in the mean age at time of injury. Those who were injured before 1979 had a mean age of 28.6 while those injured after 1990 had a mean age of 35.3 years.