An Amazing Recovery
Lauren arrived at Nemours with no sensation in her lower body … no feeling, no strength. Just how far she could come back remained to be seen. But Lauren was stubborn and determined — and very impatient! She was committed to the physical and occupational therapy treatment, and just three months later, with assistance, Lauren was walking again.
“They told me I jumped three weeks in recovery in just one week,” says Lauren. And she kept going. “Everything we asked her to do, she just did,” explains her physical therapist Stacey Travis-Treacy. “Even when it was hard, Lauren got it done.”
“Every milestone Lauren hit, we wondered, ‘Is this it? Is this as far as she goes?’” says dad Tim. “But then she’d show off something new and would amaze us all over again.” Nearly a year into her recovery Lauren is still making strides. “She’s 90% recovered and she made it look easy. This last 10% is the hardest part,” according to Dr. Eileen Shieh, her rehab doctor. “Lauren needs to build back the strength in her legs. But we know she can do it. Dr. Mackenzie calls her his Miracle Baby for a good reason!”
September 2020 marked one year since Lauren’s injury. Her determination, and spine, grows stronger each day as she inspires others, including her care team.