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Teens with spinal injuries bolster recovery with decade-long friendship

Teens with spinal injuries bolster recovery with decade-long friendship

A rehabilitation gym at the Kennedy Krieger Institute was once a play space for Morgan Dunnigan and Grace Meek.

Despite the seriousness of their spinal cord injuries, the girls, then 6 and 7, squirted water at their doctors and visitors with syringes. They "raced" during balancing exercises. They even had Grace's father's toenails painted.

So it's no wonder that returning to the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury at Kennedy Krieger Institute for a week 10 years later was a little like reuniting at summer camp.

"You pick up right where you left off," said Morgan Dunnigan, now 16. "You see old friends. We talk about the games and pranks we...

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