Phoenix's Story

“My son is a miracle because of RIM. From the first day, they supported and encouraged him and Phoenix worked right with them, never saying ‘can’t.’”– Leigh Green

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Leigh Green arrived at the hospital after her son, Phoenix, collapsed during basketball practice and immediately knew the situation was serious.

“When I was looking at everybody, I knew something was wrong,” says Leigh Green, Phoenix North’s mother. “Phoenix was screaming… and I kissed him on the forehead and I said it’s OK baby, mama’s here.

“Immediately Phoenix went into a grand mal seizure.

“And a doctor very calmly put his arms around me and said ‘he needs to be life-flighted to the DMC. He’s having a massive stroke and time is very critical.’”

Phoenix was taken to RIM Rehab, where he had three surgeries, a partial skull removal and multiple blood transfusions.

“He was on life support for two weeks,” says Leigh. “A trach, a ventilator, a feeding tube. He was paralyzed on his left side. It wasn’t looking good, but true to how he’s been through this whole ordeal, Phoenix never gave up.”

When Phoenix came to RIM, he couldn’t even hold his head up. Phoenix left RIM using a quad cane, and now he gets around with no assistance. He helps around the house, cares for himself and is doing ninth grade Algebra and English.

“For nine weeks, I barely left the DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan,” says Leigh. “They let me sleep right next to him. He was so bad, he couldn’t even smile but they made it happen.”

“My son is a miracle because of RIM. From the first day, they supported and encouraged him and Phoenix worked right with them, never saying ‘can’t.’”