Keon's Story: A Walk To Remember!

Keon came to the States in March 2006 with a life threatening case of Scoliosis. He was placed with the Harsin's.  He had a few surgeries and then came to live with the Kraft's.  They have 4 boys so 1 more wasn't a big deal. Keon had his "big" surgery on July 24, 2006.  The doctors were placing the rods.  During a wake up test, they asked Keon if he could feel his legs.  He could feel the left but not the right.  They rushed him to Children's Hospital ICU.  He had numerous tests, ct scans and MRI's.  They determined that his spinal cord was not severed but compromised.  There was nerve damage.  He spent a week there receiving high doses of steroids to reduce the swelling on his spine.  Dr. Lenke said that Keon would need a wheelchair.  His paralysis could be temporary.  Keon went through intensive rehab.  He stayed a year doing physical therapy 2-3 times a week.  Keon was walking with arm crutches but was still using the wheelchair most of the time. He went home in June 2007. It was one of the hardest things to do sending Keon home but we were amazed by his strength and endurance.  With the support of his family, Keon worked so hard.  Within a year, he was out of the wheelchair and using crutches every day.  He was a determined young man. 

(Pictured from left to right:  Jakob, Jarrid & Keon 2006)

Keon went back and finished Standard 6 (Gr. 8).  He went to St. John's College.  While he was there, he volunteered to help a young boy with Spina Bifida who was wheelchair bound.  Keon received the DO THE RIGHT THING award.  We are so proud of the young man he has become.  He is paying forward all the kindness and care he received.  In May 2013, Keon came back to visit and attend a final clinic with Dr. Lenke.  He stayed with the Kraft's again.  They were so excited to welcome him back.  He started physical therapy 2 days a week for the entire summer at Shriner's Hospital. Within a month, he was walking on a treadmill.  He often walks without crutches.  He is stronger than ever.  We wish Keon the best of luck as he "walks" through the rest of his life.

 

(Pictured from left to right:  Jakob, Keon and Jarrid)