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Vincent's Story


Vincent is a handsome eleven-year-old who is always smiling. When he was nine months, his family began to notice some delays in his gross motor skills, and he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. When he was three, Vincent underwent a selective dorsal rhizotomy, which is a lower spinal cord surgery to reduce muscle contractions and enhance muscle function.

After his surgery, Vincent came to The HSC Pediatric Center for intense rehabilitation therapy. Vincent had a team of physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, recreation therapists, child life specialists, and education specialists along with his team of nurses and doctors caring for him. His rehabilitation focused on regaining his skills to include sitting, standing, walking, and importantly, playing.

Vincent was a star at HSC, always working hard and doing his best in therapy. He especially enjoyed pet therapy, where his therapy goals would be incorporated, including working on ambulation skills with his physical therapist while walking the dogs. Vincent also loved going on community outings to the bowling alley and the zoo, where he could show off his new skills with his team of therapists. Vincent’s hard work paid off, as he was discharged home a few weeks later.

Over the next few years, Vincent underwent multiple surgeries, after which he would come to The HSC Pediatric Center for outpatient services. Vincent has also become very involved in HSC’s adaptive program, Kids in Action, which offers year-round adaptive sports, social events and health classes to children ages 4 and up in the Washington metropolitan area. Siblings are encouraged to participate and events are supervised by licensed recreation therapists so all abilities can participate.