On August 31, 2010, Louis Carson was standing on a ladder trimming a tree when he fell approximately 20 feet to the ground. He experienced immediate loss of sensation and movement to both legs. He was diagnosed with a spinal cord injury at the T5 level while at Vanderbilt’s Trauma Service department. Just three days later, he was transferred to Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital with incomplete paraplegia.
Carson participated eagerly in all aspects of rehabilitation with the spinal cord injury team, which included family counseling and extensive education regarding his injuries. Upon discharge, Carson was modified independent for all wheelchair mobility and self care and was able to stand with some assistance utilizing a rolling walker.
"Stallworth was excellent-I was glad to be there,” Carson said. “I could have lived on that AutoAmbulator.”
Before his injury, Carson and his wife planned to build a new home. Today they have achieved that goal and recently moved in. “My wife and family have faced the challenges of my injury with me. Their home support has been vital to my progress,” added Carson.
Carson is mobile in his new home with a walker and only uses a wheelchair for long distances. He plans to return to work very soon.