Hockey player Matt Olson, 20, has left Mayo Clinic to continue his rehab closer to home at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute in Golden Valley, Minn.
Olson, a standout player at Totino-Grace High School, was playing a game for the Chicago Cougars junior hockey team when he lost an edge on his skates and hit the boards. He broke bones in his neck, and pinched his spinal cord at the C-4 level. He is paralyzed below the shoulders, although he has some feeling in his biceps and forearms.
Olson initially underwent treatment and surgery at a Chicago area hospital. In April, he came to Mayo Clinic's Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation department for its spinal cord injury rehabilitation unit.
"I can still live my life the way I want to," Olson said. "My life is different, but I can still do the things I want to do. I can do almost anything I set my mind to."