Atlanta’s Shepherd Center is a private hospital operated on a not-for-profit basis. The hospital, which has just 152 beds was founded in 1975 and specifically concentrates primarily on brain and spinal cord injuries. They also help with such diseases as multiple sclerosis and other neuromuscular conditions. The facility admits about 1,000 patients annually to its inpatient rehabilitation program. Fox 5 Atlanta reports on a West Virginia man who was fortunate enough to have the Shepherd Center adapt to life after a spinal injury.
Steven Corbin of West Virginia was hunting deer on November 11, 2016, when he fell from the deer stand. He suffered a spinal dislocation fracture, broken ribs, and a broken sternum.
He was rushed by helicopter to a Virginia hospital where a doctor told him he would be able to sit up but never walk again.
Luckily, a few days after his fall, a bed at the Atlanta Shepherd Center opened up and Corbin was on his way to the facility.
Upon arriving at the Shepherd Center, they immediately got Corbin into a wheelchair. That night, he and his fiancée went to dinner. He and his fiancée Hailey Augenstein were even able to go indoor skydiving at I-Fly.
Corbin is currently finishing up his third and final inpatient stay at the Shepherd Center. The staff of nurses and doctors there have become like family to the couple. A few, including a nurse who will be a bridesmaid, have been invited to the upcoming wedding.
Corbin wanted to make sure that other hunters are aware of what can happen if they do not wear a safety harness while hunting in a stand.
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