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In New Issue of Spinal Column, Patients Share Stories of Recovery in Hopes That Others Learn to Prevent Similar Injuries

The summer 2021 issue of Shepherd Center's quarterly magazine is now available for download as a PDF file here. Subscribers to the print version should receive copies via postal mail in the coming days.

In this issue, two former patients, Karla Dougan and Jack Weeks, share their stories of resilience and recovery in hopes that others learn to prevent similar injuries. Karla hopes that her experience can help spread the message about the dangers of texting and driving. After sustaining a spinal cord injury from diving into shallow water, Jack shares his new optimistic outlook on life. 

The magazine also features these stories among other patient profiles, staff highlights, honorariums and memorials:

Life Still Aquatic Reagan Martin overcomes a spinal cord injury and respiratory challenges to return to the water she loves.

Renewing Hope Tendon and nerve transfer surgeries restore some use of hands and arms post-spinal cord injury.

Empowering Staff, Families and Patients Through Education Carolain Paredes, BSN, RN, CRRN, Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program nurse educator, shares her passion for helping people through her job and injury prevention efforts.

An Ounce of Prevention Shepherd Center's Injury Prevention Program was created in 2012 thanks to generous donations from two personal injury attorneys who saw first-hand the effects of catastrophic injuries and wanted to help prevent them. 

You can subscribe to the print and/or e-newsletter versions of Shepherd Center's magazine here.

About Shepherd Center

Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neurological conditions. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. In its more than four decades, Shepherd Center has grown from a six-bed rehabilitation unit to a world-renowned, 152-bed hospital that treats more than 740 inpatients, nearly 280 day program patients and more than 7,100 outpatients each year in more than 46,000 visits.