Affliction: Car Accident
Every week, people visiting Gillette Family Resource Center are greeted by Maryama Abubakar-Green. She volunteers to help patients and their families access the Internet, educational books and audiovisual materials. She also shares with visitors the ultimate resource—the story of her real-life experience at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare.
Maryama, 9, and her family were on their way home to St. Paul, Minn., from California when they were in a serious car accident. Besides receiving several internal injuries and broken bones from the crash, Maryama’s spinal cord was completely severed. She spent three months in the hospital, followed by months of physical and occupational therapy. In addition to volunteering weekly at the hospital, she periodically visits an orthopedist and a rehabilitation medicine specialist.
The support and healing provided by the specialists at her hospital helped Maryama bounce back and resume many of her pre-accident activities. She’s a top student and also participates in wheelchair basketball, track and field, skiing and swimming.
“She makes things happen,” said Maryama’s mother, Anne Abubakar-Green. “She doesn’t harbor any resentment about what happened to her—her attitude is one that we can all learn from.”