Rescue Monkey Becomes Helping Hand After Man’s Accident

Published: April 5, 2011  |  Source: hereandnow.wbur.org
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Six years ago, Ned Rogers was a 22-year-old college student in Arizona when he was in a catastrophic car accident that left him a quadriplegic and severely brain damaged.

Eventually, Ned was able to return to his home in Concord, Massachusetts, but his mother Ellen Rogers, who has four other kids, needed help caring for him. She turned to Helping Hands, a nonprofit group that trains and supplies monkeys to help the disabled, free of charge.

We visit with Ned, his mom, and Ned’s care monkey, Kasey, to learn how this primate personal care attendant has helped Ned cope with his disabilities, and brought hope and laughter back into the Rogers’ family. The Rogers’ memoir about their experience is called “Kasey to the Rescue: The Remarkable Story of a Monkey and a Miracle.

Helping Hands: Monkey helpers for the disabled