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15 years on ventilator: Hockessin man fosters awareness

Published: May 1, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Jay HawthorneIt’s the hugs that Jay Hawthorne misses most.

A ventilator-dependent quadriplegic for the last 15 years, Hawthorne used to enjoy feeling his grandmother’s comforting presence envelop him. A ladies’ man, he used to bench press 350 pounds and run 5 miles just for fun.

He used to be able to whistle without feeling winded.

After falling from 14 feet in a construction accident, the Hockessin iron worker broke his neck and resigned himself to spending the rest of his life in a $20,000 chair.

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