Vowing to Live Life after a Spinal Cord Injury

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Trent Gifford isn't letting a spinal cord injury get in the way of his future goals. The Sheffield, Iowa man proposed to his girlfriend, Tasha Ulrich, while still undergoing rehab at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital. In fact, getting down on bended knee was part of his therapy! Check out Tasha's response when he pops the question and how his therapy staff helped get him there.


Trent Gifford is practicing his nighttime routine. "I'm just getting used to the new system I have to do." Gifford’s new system is in response to a car accident back in late September 2015. He and his friend were on their way to work. "My friend fell asleep while driving and we went into a ravine," he recalls.

The Sheffield, Iowa man suffered severe injuries as a result of the accident including a broken neck and an incomplete spinal cord injury. He was transferred to Des Moines and woke up from a coma to a new normal. "Waking up one day a couple weeks after my accident and finding out I can’t walk was a hard pill to swallow."

Gifford is taking life day by day and vows one day walk again thanks to a wearable bionic suit called the EKSO. He says during this difficult time, his girlfriend, Tasha Ulrich, was his one constant and part of his therapy sessions. "I asked the staff here the PT/OT fi they could help me out getting down on my knee and proposing. I was able to get her to come into the room and ask her if she would marry me. She said yes. It was a good time."

Tasha says, "It don’t change anything. I’m still going to love him the same and we’re still going to do things we used to. It’s just going to be a little bit more difficult, but we’ll get through it."

(Of Madonna staff) "I love these guys. They have my needs in their hearts. They’ve taken care of both me and Tasha. Madonna takes care of you. They make sure you’ve got what you need when you need it."