Four exemplary former patients were honored on October 11 during the 25th annual GOAL Awards on Madonna's Lincoln Campus.
Kyah Matthews was diagnosed with acute transverse myelitis at the young age of six, starting a journey of recovery that brought her to Madonna's Lincoln Campus. Utilizing aquatic therapy, physical, occupational and recreation therapies as well as the latest in rehabilitation technology, Kyah weaned from a trach and slowly began to regain mobility.
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.