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Patient Story

Watch: How Henry Went from Golf Caddy to Patient to Competitor


Henry S. was working as a caddy at a golf course in Chicago’s north suburbs when he was hit in the head by a golf ball. 

Thirty minutes later, Henry could not speak and was unable to move his left arm and left leg. After 10 days in intensive care, he came to Shirley Ryan AbilityLab where he spent more than a month in inpatient rehabilitation and nearly a year in DayRehab.

Through intensive therapy, Henry has worked hard to regain the ability to speak, walk, use his arms and to participate in his favorite sport — golf.

Now, with the support of his clinical team, Henry is hoping to qualify for the U.S. Adaptive Open Championship.

“The last year my life has been a balance of continued therapy through Shirley Ryan AbilityLab’s outpatient program and golf training,” said Henry. “My recovery and golf journeys parallel one another and I continue to see progress in both. My goal is to play in at least five golf events this year!”

Watch Henry’s Story to See His Progress


Learn about how our Golf Program – led by specialized physical therapists, exercise physiologists and athletic trainers – helps people get back to golf.

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