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‘The singing patient’ hopes her voice will inspire others
In the News, Patient Stories
December 22, 2021

After a July car crash broke roughly 22 bones in her body, Madison “Madi” Dodson came to Madonna determined to return to her life on the stage. During her recovery, the 23-year-old theater graduate visited our on-site chapel to practice singing Christmas carols. Her beautiful performance of “Silent Night” is sure to give you all the holiday feels! 

Young brain injury survivor celebrates returning home for Christmas
In the News, Patient Stories
December 15, 2021

Jayslynn “Jays” Ramirez has always loved Christmas, and this year the holiday will mean even more to her and her family. That’s because Jays will be home for the first time since an August car accident left her with a brain injury. While she recovered at Madonna, her care team incorporated her love of Christmas into her therapy, like decorating the Christmas tree. “That’s the cool part about doing things that patients love because you’re able to marry the therapy and what they want to do together, and that way everyone wins,” Bridget Mulhall, an occupational therapy student who worked with Jays at Madonna, said.

Big personality brings big gains for AVM survivor
In the News, Patient Stories
November 16, 2021

For 23-year-old Rachel “Sophie” Hardin, being fiercely independent is proving key to her recovery journey. This after the Missourian suffered an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) rupture in late August. Learn how Madonna's physical, occupational and speech therapists work together and incorporate innovative technologies to help the architect-engineer regain skills she had lost in order to get back to work.

Librarian regains strength at Madonna after COVID-19 and GBS
In the News, Patient Stories
November 04, 2021

Elizabeth Thornton survived COVID-19 only to discover she had a severe case of Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare neurological disorder that causes the body’s immune system to attack itself. After months in the hospital, Elizabeth came to Madonna unable to walk or talk. Little by little, Elizabeth regained her strength and stability with the help of her care team, and she found joy in small victories, like doing aquatic therapy in our fitness pool.