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Published on November 11, 2008

Former RIC Patient Featured in Documentary Film

Tomas Young visits with VA Secretary Lt. Gen. James  Peake when the secretary visited RIC. Drs. Joanne  Smith and David Chen look on.

Tomas Young visits with VA Secretary Lt. Gen. James

Peake when the secretary visited RIC. Drs. Joanne

Smith and David Chen look on.

Former RIC patient, Tomas Young, a former United States Army Specialist, stars in Phil Donahue's documentary, "Body of War", that appeared Tuesday, Nov. 11, on the Sundance Channel in celebration of Veterans Day.

Young, 28, experienced a spinal cord injury in Iraq in 2004 after having been deployed for only one week. He was flown back to the U.S. and received care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Many months later, in July 2008, Young sustained a pulmonary embolism that created additional disabilities such as reduced mobility in his arms and hands as well as speech challenges. His family brought him to RIC's Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation program, which is designated the Midwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury Care System by the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), a model system of care.

As part of rehabilitation at RIC, Young participated in intense speech, occupational and physical therapy and worked with computers in the Technology Center to improve his ability to use a computer. After this rehabilitation, Young was able to play cards with occupational therapists, communicate and return to his life in Kansas City , Mo.

Learn more about the film on its Web site .