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Falling Forward helps teen recover from paralysis

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FAIRWAY, KS (KCTV) -

It’s a sad fact, but often money can stand in the way of recovery for people who are sick or seriously hurt.

That was the case for one Northland teen who was paralyzed in a car wreck.

According to Cayden Hoth, he couldn’t do much by himself after the accident.

“I had no function, somebody else was feeding me, I couldn’t walk at all, I couldn’t sit up,” Cayden Hoth said.

Paralyzed from the chest down, his mother Tracy Hoth said doctors weren’t sure if he’d be able to walk again.

“They told us, we don’t know. We don’t know. That’s all we heard,” Tracy Hoth said.

Now, after a year and a half of therapy, Cayden is doing things like most 17-year-olds. Things that are well beyond what most spinal cord injury patients are able to do.

“I’m hanging out with my friends again, I’m swimming, paddle boarding, playing a little golf,” Cayden Hoth said.

Cayden Went through major rehabilitation for 75 days in Colorado, but insurance was only able to cover 60 days. 

“Initially the first week after his accident, they told us we had to pay half of the $40,000 that it would take for the 15 days in the hospital,” Tracy Hoth said.

When the family came back to KC, they still had six months of therapy left.

“So you don’t want to stop therapy, but what do people do when they can't afford to pay for it?” Tracy Hoth said.

That’s when a Foundation called Falling Forward stepped in.

They provide funds for rehabilitation after insurance benefits run out.

“As a parent, you don’t want to be stressed and worried about money and, no matter what, you’re going to do anything you can for your child and get them the best that you can," Tracy Hoth said. "So to not go in debt to do that, it’s just a blessing to not have to worry about it."

Cayden’s therapy challenged and pushed him to do things like jump rope and even rock climb.

“I was like, can I really do this,” Cayden Hoth recalled.

So far, Falling Forward has funded the recovery of 73 people.

The foundation also makes trips to Washington D.C. to fight for legislation that will eliminate therapy caps and make sure everyone gets the rehab they need to recover, just like Cayden.

For more information on the Foundation, click here

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