Stroke survivor Dan Zimmerman says adaptive cycling saved his life. Now he travels the country showing other survivors how they can reclaim their independence. Learn more about his visit to Madonna last week.
Madonna therapists are accustomed to helping patients of all ages recover from stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury and complex medical issues, and from time to time, rare complications and diseases affecting mobility, cognition and ability to perform daily tasks. Such is the case with acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), a condition commonly described as “polio-like”, primarily affecting children. The condition affects the gray matter area of the spinal cord, which causes muscle weakness, diminished reflexes, and in the most extreme cases, respiratory failure.
Blake Finley is a competitive soccer player who loves goals. The 12-year-old from Auburn, Kansas, has spent two months working on his biggest victory – recovering from a traumatic brain injury.