Spinal cord injury patients to swim with dolphins

ISLAMORADA, Fla. (AP) — Six patients with spinal cord injuries will get to swim with dolphins in the Florida Keys.

Aaron Willis, a 15-year-old who was shot and left paralyzed, will be among the Jackson Memorial Hospital rehabilitation patients who will swim with dolphins on Friday at the Theater of the Sea in Islamorada. Willis already swims weekly with his aquatic rehab program.

The other patients are all paraplegics and quadriplegics who receive outpatient therapy at Jackson Rehabilitation Hospital.

A hospital statement says swimming with dolphins is a goal each of the patients works toward during their rehabilitation. Once a week, the group meets at a pool with therapists to work on different water skills. Those include blowing bubbles, floating on their backs, kicking their legs and going underwater.

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