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RICHI

GOAL: Become more independent and functional. Specifically, I want to be able to transfer independently and have better bed mobility.

I’m a born and raised Calgarian. I have been married for almost 12 years and we have three children. I spent just over a decade in Edmonton training to become a surgeon. In 2015, I started working as a gastrointestinal surgeon at the PLC and SHC. In February 2018, we went to Hawaii with the family for a conference. Unfortunately, towards the end of our trip I was injured in a freak accident while boogie boarding in the ocean. I broke my neck and suffered a C6 C7 spinal cord injury. Since then life has changed quite dramatically. I am no longer able to move my legs and have limited function of my upper limbs and hands. In late 2018, I went to Thailand for an epidural stimulator, although this is not a cure, it has been quite useful as a rehab tool. I’ve also seen improvements in my blood pressure and overall quality of life.

IMPROVEMENTS

Since starting at Synaptic, I have seen improvements in my overall strength and flexibility. My endurance has also improved, I’m able to do more on the mat and with the E- pacer.

FAVOURITE PART OF SYNAPTIC

I have always enjoyed going to the gym for a workout, now I really look forward to coming to Synaptic for rehab as this is the closest thing to working out I’m able to do. I enjoy seeing everyone, including the therapists and other clients. It’s great to see such a supportive community at Synaptic.

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