On July 22, 2018, Danielle Kane’s life unexpectedly changed in a split second when a lone gunman shot her and 14 other people on Toronto’s busy Danforth Avenue.
The bullet hit Danielle on the left side of her chest, shattered her T11 vertebra and pierced through her stomach and diaphragm. She was rushed to St. Michael’s Hospital, where she was put in a medically induced coma for 11 days while surgeons fused together her T10 and T12 vertebrae, and tried to repair the extensive damage done by the bullet.
A month and four surgeries later, Danielle was sent for rehabilitation at Toronto Rehab’s Lyndhurst Centre. It was here she was would receive the final diagnosis of her complete spinal injury, and she would begin to face the difficult realities of being paralyzed from the waist down.
Strengthened by the sensitive and supportive staff at Toronto Rehab, it wasn’t long before Danielle was able to make great strides in her physical and emotional recovery. “With my Toronto Rehab care team, we made plans for me to become independent. I was pushed, motivated, educated, cared for and above all, I was listened to” expressed Danielle.
In fact, after just two weeks of being at the Centre, Danielle’s mobility improved so much that she was able to lift herself from her bed to her wheelchair without assistance — a powerful first step to regaining her independence.
Over the next two months, Toronto Rehab’s caring staff guided Danielle to the activities that would help her navigate the external world. All the while, Danielle worked tirelessly through the pain, trying to become independent enough to go home.
At the end of October, Danielle’s determination and hard work paid off, and she was discharged from Toronto Rehab. Continuing her therapy twice a week as an outpatient, Danielle has the support she needs to get her life back on track. Not only was she able to travel to Newfoundland to spend Christmas with her boyfriend’s family, this year she has plans on continuing her nursing program, so she can one day help others the way Toronto Rehab has helped her.
“At Toronto Rehab I learned that while my life will be different, I have the support, the tools and capacity to live a happy, full life.”
— Danielle Kane