Andrew intends to walk again with help from Children’s
In December 2013, Andrew Wade was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a type of bone cancer. Surgeons removed the tumor from his spinal cord, but the pressure the tumor had exerted on his spine left the then-14-year-old baseball player paralyzed from the waist down. Shortly after surgery, he began chemotherapy and rehab in Columbus, Ga., where he and his family live.
“I told Andrew at Christmas that all I want is to see him wiggle his toes,” his father, Tripp, said.Progress was slow but steady, and in early January, Andrew called his father over and told him that his present was finally ready. Beaming, Andrew moved his toes a few times.
Five months later, Andrew arrived at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to begin radiation and continue rehab through our inpatient rehabilitation program. “The care team was huge,” Tripp said. “We saw doctors, nurses, techs, physical therapists, occupational therapists, a chaplain, a child life specialist and even a social worker.”
As an athlete, Andrew was especially excited about the equipment at Children’s that would help him on his journey to walk again. Children’s has a body weight support system, a harness that lifts patients to take weight off the legs, making moving easier.