Ben

5 years old, riding at Lovelane for 3 years

Ben was healthy and happy when he developed his first cold. Within three days Ben was admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit and diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, a rare, polio-like illness that affects the spinal cord causing paralysis. Ben was paralyzed from the neck down, only able to move his right hand. Upon doctor recommendation, Ben started riding at Lovelane and the transformation was remarkable. His chest and belly muscles began to gain strength and improve enough so that he can now sit up by himself! Breathing and intestinal issues have greatly improved and the increased breath support has encouraged Ben’s speech. Today, he never stops talking!