One year ago Connor Walsh, 17, sustained a severe spinal cord injury after he was struck by a hit-and-run-driver while walking to school in Fort Collins, Colorado. He came to Craig Hospital for rehabilitation a week after his injury. Over the last year, Connor has gone through a lot, including going back to high school in a wheelchair.
This March, Connor revisited Craig Hospital for a re-evaluation. Since last year he has some new movement in his legs and decided to try walking with braces.
"You have to take it one day at a time. Because you never know what each day is going to bring," says Connor's mom Heather Zoccali.
Connor walked 167 feet during a re-evaluation appointment last week while wearing fitted locked leg braces. He will be at Craig as an outpatient one day a week over the next few months to continue working on walking.
"It's not walking like he was walking before, it's walking with his braces that are locked out. But he is upright, he is moving forward on his own feet and is doing really well," says KL Miller, Connor's physical therapist
"It was pretty uplifting for me to see myself do it better than I was one day ago. It gave me hope," says Walsh
Connor's goal is to be able to share his story and experience of SCI recovery with other people, especially teens that may go through a similar life-changing situation.
You have to take it one day at a time. Because you never know what each day is going to bring.Heather Zoccali, Connor's mom