Showing the progress of Andy, a spinal cord injury patient

Patient Story

Andy's Story: A Walk Down the Aisle After a Severe Spinal Cord Injury


On July 1, 2018, everything changed for Andy McCue when he fell down a flight of stairs in a freak accident that left him paralyzed. He arrived at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab with no guarantee that he would walk or be independent again. Additionally, he experienced extreme arm and hand weakness requiring someone to complete all activities of daily living for him, including eating, grooming, bathing and dressing. Andy underwent intensive physical and occupational therapy at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and made significant gains. And, six months later, he hit his biggest milestone yet.

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