In the beginning Leo relied on communication through blinking his eyes, lip reading and someone pointing to letters or phrases on a chart. He was paralyzed from the neck down, unable to eat without a feeding tube and unable to breath without a ventilator.
Leo fought his way off the ventilator and in doing so, was accepted to the Shepherd Catastrophic Center in Atlanta, GA. Leo received a full scholarship which consisted of a three month stay of intense physical, occupational, speech, and recreational therapy.
Leo is now operating a powered wheelchair, eager to get stronger, he devotes his weekdays to therapy.
Three days a week a physical therapist visits Leo in his home for one hour and focuses on stretching his legs, strengthening his core, sitting balance, self transfers and standing.
The other two days Leo travels to Mooresville, NC to exercise with exercise science majors on state of the art equipment. Together as a team they focus on strengthening his core, quads, hamstrings, gluteus muscles, triceps, and neck.
Leo has been injured for less than year and doesn’t plan to discontinue his “race to walk”