Healing technology: paralyzed football star improving
Austin's Story #McNewStrong
Three years after Austin McNew was seriously injured in a sledding accident that put him in a wheelchair, the former athlete and star student at Northeastern High School is making great progress through regular rehabilitation. See what he does next... #McNewStrong Read more: https://www.reidhealth.org/austinPosted by Reid Health on Thursday, March 14, 2019
Three years after Austin McNew was seriously injured in a sledding accident that put him in a wheelchair, the former athlete and star student at Northeastern High School is making great progress through regular rehabilitation.
Since the injury in January 2016, Austin has become well-known in the region for his optimism and determination to improve. And thanks to regular rehab and technology obtained with him in mind at the Reid Rehabilitation Center, he’s able to do more, move more, sit unaided longer -- and grows stronger every week.
“Having Reid willing to do whatever they can to help us is a blessing. I have a lot of goals. A main goal is to inspire others. They can do anything if they put their mind to it. Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you respond.” -- Austin McNew
Austin’s mom, Teresa, actually found the system that is part of his therapies. Known as Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES), the system is part of his comprehensive therapies that have allowed him to progress to more strength and movement. Through philanthropy, Reid Foundation brought the technology to Reid Health, benefitting Austin and other patients served by rehab.
“Austin’s a typical boy. Full of energy, always into something.” – Teresa McNew
Austin works hard during his physical therapy treatments under the watchful eyes of his rehab team!