Following a boating accident in the Dominican Republic, Joe was only able to move his right toes. A year into his treatment at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Martha Morehouse Medical Plaza, Joe is now able to walk independently and has returned to work.
Joe Parrish was on a relaxing vacation with family and friends in the Dominican Republic when his world was turned upside down. While sailing, the boat flipped over and hit him on the head. He was unable to swim or even keep himself above the water. He was pulled to the beach, brought to the local hospital, and then placed on a backboard for 12 hours. Joe couldn’t move his arms or shoulders and had a “pins and needles” feeling throughout his body, but he still didn’t know what was wrong.
Then Joe was taken via Life-Flight to a hospital in Florida where they discovered that he had a spinal cord injury at the C4 level. They performed surgery and Joe began his recovery process in the hospital.
Following his hospital stay, Joe elected to go to Illinois to participate in inpatient rehabilitation. When he began rehab he was only able to move his right toes. He was hoping to make great progress during rehab, but was unable to tolerate more than 30 seconds of upright activity at a time because of low blood pressure.
Following his inpatient rehab, he returned to his home town and began outpatient physical therapy at the Martha Morehouse Medical Plaza. After making progress in physical therapy, Joe was enrolled in the NeuroRecovery Network (NRN) Program at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center for his physical therapy treatments. In the NRN, Joe began locomotor training in July 2010.