ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Ryan Joseph of Walnut Creek, California, is an average kid. A sophomore in high school, he loves his family and he loves sports.
But on Jan. 10, while at a wrestling match at his high school, the 16-year-old received a not-so-average injury.
Within minutes into the match, Joseph was thrown and his landing was a perfect storm of force an angle. He could not move.
It did not take long for Joseph’s parents, who were at the match, to know something was wrong.
Joseph was taken to a hospital, diagnosed with a severe neck injury and was operated on within hours.
Now at Craig Hospital in Englewood, Joseph spends five days a week, eight hours a day in therapy. He’s still competing, but this time with himself.
There is no magic cure, no guarantee prognosis. It’s an old cliche, but it’s one that fits. For Joseph and his family, it’s truly one day at a time.