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Patients with paralysis learn how to scuba dive at the Kennedy Krieger Institute

Patients with paralysis learn how to scuba dive at the Kennedy Krieger Institute

As her father guided her wheelchair down the ramp alongside the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s pool on Saturday, 12-year-old Tylena Fisher fiddled with the folds of the borrowed wet suit she was wearing, and took a few deep breaths.

This is a girl who loves the feel of water sluicing around her limbs, who until recently was working on her underwater swimming, who takes every opportunity to spend time in the water.

But Saturday was the first time Tylena had been anywhere near a pool since the otherwise ordinary June 2 when she was playing with a friend. Just 90 minutes after the pre-teen felt pain in her legs — the first symptom of a spinal stroke — she became paralyzed from the...

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