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Dirty Waters In Susquehanna River Paralyzes Jet Skier

For fans of aquatic sports out there, do not be easily deceived by blue sparkling waters. A 30-year-old man from Maryland lost his ability to walk after contracting a deadly bacteria from jet skiing.

Ryan Perry was coasting through the Susquehanna River when he fell from his moving vessel on May 8. Contaminated water went up his nose, entering his sinus and his brain. However, he did not feel the symptoms until the next day.

After feeling gnawing pain, he marched to the Emergency Room. He was first diagnosed with meningitis and laboratory results did not show the bacteria that caused his illness. But his condition worsened, disabling his bodily capacities. Only after changing hospitals, the doctors were able to determine the cause.

“I tested negative for everything they could test me for,” Perry recalled. Finally, what they determined is water went up to my nose when I was jet skiing. It attacked my brain, traveled to my spinal cord and paralyzed me from the neck down,” he told WMAR.

The MRI procedure showed the bacteria attacked the upper lobe of his brain and his spinal cord, which caused his paralysis from the neck down.

He stayed in the hospital for three months and a rehabilitation facility for two months. Luckily, he is now recuperating from the paralysis. His fast recovery is almost a surprise to his doctors who initially thought it was impossible for him to regain his ability to walk. Perry has also managed to resume working just last week.

“I had a neurology appointment at the University of Maryland and my neurologist told me she can’t believe the progress I’ve made and she thinks I will make if not a full recovery pretty close to it,” he shared to New York Post.

Despite what happened, Perry remains grateful for the journey he went through as he was able to meet inspiring people who went through the same thing. He is still in awe for coming out alive despite that life-threatening accident, saying “Tomorrow’s not promised. You really just have to enjoy what you have today.”

Aina Licodine

Aina is a writer by hobby and by profession. A graduate of Communication Arts, she creates mostly lifestyle, entertainment, opinion, and corporate pieces. She loves poetry, old music, and anything matcha. She takes a timeout from work by watching classic sitcoms and gangster movies, going to the beach, shopping, and just trying new things.

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