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Recovery slow, painful for abuse victim

Local votes could provide a van for transport

The Gilbert family at their home in Rotterdam. Brad and his wife Lisa prepare daughter Riley into her wheelchair before heading out to do some shopping.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
The Gilbert family at their home in Rotterdam. Brad and his wife Lisa prepare daughter Riley into her wheelchair before heading out to do some shopping.
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It was a small step, but a major milestone for young Riley Gilbert. At a recent physical therapy session, a constant presence in her life since she suffered a traumatic brain injury at the hands of her baby sitter in 2007, Riley took a step. It wasn’t a normal step by any means. She was being held up by a device that allowed her try to master the motion of walking without having to bear ...


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Cortsmom87
April 14, 2013
7:47 a.m.

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Great article guys!!! Voting everyday for this very deserving young lady and awesome family.

JIMOCONNOR
April 14, 2013
11:15 a.m.

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Great objective reporting. No sloppy heart wrenching crap, just facts.

1. Tremendous respect for parent's response to an impossible situation.

2. The reporter's simile of her body now being her 'prison' is a fantastic use of an aristotelian concept which clinicians use to help folks cope with limitations.

Riley's smile is her time out in the rec yard

corckmh
April 14, 2013
2:47 p.m.

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The family should look into an environmental modification (e mod) through NYS Medicaid. They will pay for the conversion of a van into a ramp van and will make modifications to their house for ramps, handicapped bathroom, etc. contact your caseworker or Catholic Charities for more info. Help is out there and since she already has NYS Medicaid, they should pursue the options that are available to them. The earlier you start the better. It can take a year or more for all the approvals to get done to get you in queue with a contractor. I hope this helps. Good luck.

DakChili
April 15, 2013
2:18 p.m.

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Nice story but please do some more spelling and grammar checking next time since you are missing at least a dozen words that make sentences incomplete.

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