News

Teen Who Suffered Sudden Paralysis Hits Slopes Again Thanks to Therapy and Special Skis

Teen Who Suffered Sudden Paralysis Hits Slopes Again Thanks to Therapy and Special Skis

Jacob Wald, 13, went skiing last month with the help of specially designed skis that allow him to use his arms to steer. Jacob temporarily lost the use of his legs in January 2015 when he developed a rare neurological condition called transverse myelitis. However, he was able to hit the slopes again last month for the first time since he lost feeling in his legs with help from Outdoors for All, an organization that provides adaptive and therapeutic recreation programs for children and adults with disabilities. Excerpts from Jacob’s story on Seattle Children’s On the Pulse blog were used for this article.

About Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s mission is to provide hope, care and cures to help every child live the healthiest and most fulfilling life possible. Together, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Research Institute and Foundation deliver superior patient care, identify new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients.

Ranked as one of the top children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s serves as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical center for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho – the largest region of any children’s hospital in the country. As one of the nation’s top five pediatric research centers, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is internationally recognized for its work in neurosciences, immunology, cancer, infectious disease, injury prevention and much more. Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation works with the Seattle Children’s Guild Association, the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care and research. Join Seattle Children’s bold initiative – It Starts With Yes: The Campaign for Seattle Children’s – to transform children’s health for generations to come.

For more information, visit seattlechildrens.org or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or on our On the Pulse blog.