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On Monday, September 16, just days after Eric LeGrand announced his partnership with the Reeve Foundation of Team LeGrand, he spoke to hundreds of students, faculty, and alumni at Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ. Accompanied by two of his physical and occupational therapists at the Reeve Foundation's NeuroRecovery Network at Kessler Rehabilitation Institute, Buffy Wojciehowski and Gabby Stiefbold, LeGrand spoke of the moment he was injured to how therapy has helped him become more independent.
From Seton Hall:
LeGrand opened by discussing what he remembers of the injury on the football field and his first days in the hospital. LeGrand recalled the worst part of the injury as not being able to breathe and then having to slowly be weaned off a ventilator. He said after five weeks he was able to completely breathe on his own, which he never thought he would be able to do.
Eric LeGrand During discussions among LeGrand, Wojciehowski and Stiefbold, LeGrand noted that one of his main goals for his rehabilitation at the Kessler Institute was to be able to sit up on his couch and watch television if he wished—which Stiefold pointed out is a luxury most people take for granted.
“Kessler is like a big family,” LeGrand said of his healthcare team. “I consider them to be my best friends. I see them every day. Everyone has one mission, to get their patient better. Everyone works for one goal.”
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