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Leslie G.


Leslie is a remarkable girl who was 19 when she suffered a major stroke. Prior to this stroke, Leslie had graduated high school, was attending her local JVS preparing to become a preschool aide and was independent in all her own care. What makes Leslie even more amazing is that she was born with Down's Syndrome. After a long hospitalization and inpatient rehab stay, Leslie returned home and continued outpatient therapy. She remained impaired on her left side and needed much assistance with her personal care, walking and transfers. She transitioned to The NeuroRehab and Balance Center for more aggressive and innovative neuro‐based physical and occupational therapy in order to reach her goal of regaining her independence, and she has made great gains. Her motto was, "I am Supergirl and I need to walk again.” Leslie has progressed in strength and confidence and is now able to walk short distances with a cane. She has improved use of her left arm and hand and is able to participate in her own personal care. She was excited to show everyone that she is now able to lift her left hand up and touch her face, something she had not been able to do. She is back to attending university basketball games with her parents. She is a shining example of not giving up, continuing to push towards recovery and not letting any obstacles slow her down.


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