Imagine yourself totally paralyzed just below your chin. You can move nothing but your head. And then imagine a ventilator attached to your throat to help you breathe. This is not a temporary “nuisance” condition. This is the life of Garret Frey of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
After nearly a year in various intensive care units and a children’s rehabilitation hospital, Garret was discharged to his home, along with supplies which would fill the ordinary person’s closet. Garret’s parents were trained to care for him but as they both worked, a full-time nurse had to be with Garret, severely depleting the medical insurance benefits. For some time, Garret remained confused and depressed.