Southington Community Rallies Around Honors Student Paralyzed In ATV Accident – Connecticut News

Southington Community Rallies Around Honors Student Paralyzed In ATV Accident – Connecticut News

Residents are rallying to help a teen paralyzed after an ATV accident while on a family vacation July 29 in Maine.

Ryan Catlin, 15, a Southington High School honor student and rugby team member, is unable so far to move his legs, arms and hands.

On Friday, he will be flown from a Portland, Maine hospital to a clinic in Atlanta for months of therapy to regain any movement possible, his mother Amy Catlin said Wednesday. She will fly down with him.

“Neighbors are mowing our lawn. People we know and people we don’t have contacted us to offer help,” Amy Catlin said as the family prepares for Ryan’s months-long stay at Shepherd Center, a 152-bed non-profit hospital in Atlanta. The facility specilalizes in spinal cord injury rehabilitation.

The outpouring of calls and offers of help from friends and strangers is helping the family deal with the life-changing injury Ryan suffered when the ATV that he and two teen cousins were riding near a relative’s home in Harpswell, Maine hit a road shoulder and flipped over, ejecting Ryan into a tree.

The impact broke his spinal column in his neck, paralyzing him from the shoulders down. The Cumberland County Sheriff Department is investigating. The other boys on the ATV, a 15-year from Florida who was driving and a 13-year-old from Harpswell who was in the passenger seat, were not seriously injured. Police said Catlin was in the back seat.

“The support from people is overwhelming,” Amy Catlin said. “It’s a real comfort. Right now, we’re on a roller coaster. You never think something like this will happen to your family. That one phone call changes your life. But these are the…

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