Tay’s Story

Life can change in the blink of an eye.

One minute, you’re enjoying an afternoon drive with your friends, the next you’re a quadriplegic.

TayThat’s what happened to Tay.

One ordinary day, the car Tay was traveling in was involved in a major accident. Tay sustained massive injuries to his spine and spent months in the hospital.

Through the encouragement of many and the intensive therapy and medical care of the Hospital for Special Care, Tay’s health stabilized – he could go back to school.

As graduation neared, Tay’s future was uncertain. How would Tay receive the care he needed? Would Tay be able to live an independent life?

Tay now lives in an accessible apartment. Through a variety of assistive technology and adaptive medical equipment, Tay manages his health by ordering supplies and scheduling appointments, submits caregiver timesheets and coordinates work schedules. This is made possible through a state program that was extended through the Affordable Care Act.

It is unthinkable that the alternative for this bright and eager young man would have been life in a hospital or skilled nursing facility. This spring, Tay will attend college to pursue a degree in Human Relations.

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