The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), is the global leader in physical medicine and rehabilitation and has been ranked the "No. 1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America" by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1991. Upon opening in March 2017, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab became the first-ever "translational" research hospital in which clinicians, scientists, innovators and technologists work together in the same space, surrounding patients, discovering new approaches and applying (or "translating") research real time. The research hospital helps patients like Andy - read his story below!
On July 1, 2018, while staying at my friends’ home, I fell down a flight of stairs in the middle of the night. I suffered a C-3 to T-1 spinal cord injury that left me virtually paralyzed. After surgery in Saint Louis, I came to Shirley Ryan AbilityLab on July 12. I arrived on a stretcher, but after intensive rehabilitation, was able to walk out of the hospital weeks later.
It was the girls’ idea to do this because they saw it as a way for us to give back to the people at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab who have given so much to us. And it’ll mean we’ve accomplished another significant goal as a family and underscores that, if we put our minds to something, we can usually get it done.
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