Landon Light, 13, woke up one morning paralyzed, but he never stopped believing things would get better. Listen to Landon’s story of hope:
Overnight, Landon was paralyzed from the chest down and his doctors feared he might not walk again (diagnosed with transverse myelitis in October 2008). It’s been nearly four years since that gloomy prognosis and somehow, Landon keeps beating the odds. “It’s a great eye-opener that everything is not perfect all the time and that you need God to help you get through everything,” said Landon.
With a combination of treatment, rehabilitation and sheer determination, Landon has steadily graduated from a hospital bed, to a wheelchair, to a walker, and now crutches.
Dr. Ben Greenberg is Landon’s doctor and says this rare disease causes the immune system to attack the spinal cord. “It’s a condition where the immune system, which is supposed to keep you healthy, gets confused and thinks that your spinal cord is a foreign invader,” explained Dr. Greenberg, who is the director of the Transverse Myelitis Program at UT Southwestern and Children’s Medical Center Dallas.
At age 13, Landon earned himself a spot on a swim team in Rockwall.“I didn’t want to swim on the swim team, because I didn’t think I could keep up with everyone else.” Competitive swimming is a continuation of his physical therapy. Landon still needs help getting up on the starter’s block and he has limited use of his legs in the water.