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Making It to the Top Of the Rocky Steps After Paralysis

After slipping in a bathroom, leaving him paralyzed from the shoulders down, Chase Friedman set his sights on the iconic "Rocky Steps" in Philadelphia and vowed to walk again.

Chase Friedman thought a quick trip to Philly to visit a friend from college would be a fun way to say farewell to 2020.  Life does not always go according to plan.

On New Year’s Day, the 25-year-old Los Angeles man slipped and fell in the bathroom leaving him paralyzed from the shoulders down. Chase was rushed to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital where he underwent surgery in the hopes of regaining some movement in his body.

Chase Friedman lying down in a neck brace in the hospital bed after an accident left him paralyzed

As he laid in the hospital unable to move his body, Chase needed something to mentally cling to in those dark hours. To Chase, Philadelphia was all about grit and determination he remembered from the Rocky movies he loved so much. That’s when Chase vowed to someday climb to the top of the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps.

Chase Friedman at Magee Rehabilitation - Jefferson Health for therapy

When his health was stabilized, Chase transferred to Magee Rehabilitation – Jefferson Health for intensive physical, occupational and speech therapies. There, his care team charted a course to get him up and moving. As he regained strength and movement, Chase set his sights on the “Rocky steps” upon completion of inpatient rehab. Watch Chase’s road to recovery:

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