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Nov 10 2010
Two DMC Hospitals Welcome Visit from Lions' Suh
Category: Events


The currently famous Detroit Lions football rookie, Ndamukong Suh, stopped by the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) for a tour of the center.

Ndamukong Suh poses for pictures with
DMC RIM patients and staff
DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan (RIM) and DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan (CHM) hosted the 6 foot 4 inch linebacker as he toured the two facilities with periodic stops for some much appreciated patient interaction.

Matt, a patient in the Center for Spinal Cord Injury Recovery® (CSCIR) program, talked to Suh about how he dove into a shallow lake, broke his neck and is now enrolled in rehabilitation through RIM.

"When I got here, all I could do is shrug my shoulders," he said. "I’ve been working out here for four years…and now I have almost full movement in my right hand and can drive my [wheel]chair."

The look on Suh’s face told a story in itself – empathy poured from his eyes as Matt went on. To date, Matt has progressed and is very happy with his physical therapy regimen. His morale was brighter after a short conversation with Suh.

Suh’s visit brought a smile to the face of patients and visitors as he roamed the halls, but none bigger than his own when the topic of future visits was brought up.

"I’m definitely looking forward to a lot of fun [times] and helping and allowing people to be a little more cheerful as they get back to 100 percent."

This may be his first year in the National Football League, but it isn’t his first time encountering children in need of a spirit-lifting. His goal is to make as many visits as possible, bringing much joy to the faces of children and patients of all ages.

More pictures of Ndamukong Suh and his visit can be found here on DMC Flickr page.





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