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Spinal Cord Injury Patient Stories

Laetitia Hatem

RIC Spinal Cord Injury Patient Story

Watch this video and see how Laetitia Hatem traveled more than 10,000 miles from Beirut to Chicago.

See Laetitia's amazing journey.


Michele Lee

Michele Lee

Michele Lee found a career and an aptitude for art through RIC's Second Look program.

Read Michele's patient story.


Jorge Alfaro

Jorge Alfaro

Jorge suffered a spinal cord injury after being shot at the age of 15.

Read Jorge's patient story.


Charles Kay

Charles Kay

Charles experienced a traumatic spinal cord injury from a swimming pool accident.

Read Charles' patient story.


Martine Maenhout

Martine Maenhout

Emergency surgery to remove a spinal column blood clot left Martine paralyzed below the waist.

Read Martine's patient story.

Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Quality Outcomes

If you or someone you love has experienced a spinal cord injury, you may know that such injuries are highly complex, often impairing movement and sensation and requiring individualized, specialized treatment. So the rehabilitation facility you choose must have a proven record of successful rehabilitation quality outcomes and access to the most innovative technologies available.

Those quality outcomes are exactly what we offer at The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) — the only Midwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Care System as designated by the U.S. government to develop breakthrough SCI treatments.

RIC treated more than 500 inpatients with spinal cord injury last year alone. Moreover, our patients come from around the world because we can handle the most complex and most fragile patient circumstances. And we provide care for an even greater number of patients with spinal cord injury treated in our outpatient and day rehabilitation programs. Our clinical research sets new standards for the field of spinal cord care all over the world, including developing and being the first institution in the world to offer state-of-the-art interventions such as the Lokomat®, a robot-assisted walking treatment.

The most innovative treatments and sophisticated technologies are matched by our primary concern for our patients: 98% of our spinal cord injury patients gave RIC the highest marks on satisfaction with their treatment — an excellent indicator of quality care.

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