Igal Szleifer is a husband, father and professor of biomedical engineering at Northwestern University. On Oct. 13, 2015, he became a stroke survivor. Initially, he was told he would never walk or speak again, a fate neither he nor his family could accept. Since then, Igal has worked hard to regain his abilities. He’s received both inpatient and outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy from the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. In addition, six months following his stroke, he participated in the organization’s month-long Intensive Aphasia Program.
“Coming to the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab was the best thing that could have happened to us,” said Ingrid Goobar-Szleifer, Igal’s wife. “They were not looking at you as a victim. You have survived a stroke. We’re going to do something about it.”
Today, Igal is back in his lab at Northwestern. In addition, he was recently inducted into the Academy of Exact Physical and Natural Sciences in Argentina, where he gladly offered an acceptance speech.