Luke’s Journey Home

Luke’s Journey Home

Fourteen-year-old Luke Cooper recently discharged from the Pediatric Medical Rehabilitation Unit at The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital. Luke was admitted to the Hospital after being diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease that caused sudden numbing and impairment of his nervous system.

In early August, Luke had complained of tingling on the right side of his body. A few days later he began to experience numbness in his right arm and fingers. Luke received an MRI where it was revealed the numbness was due to lesions resulting from acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM).

“ADEM is a rare autoimmune disease marked by a sudden, widespread attack of inflammation in the brain and spinal cord. Luke was having difficulty with walking, balance and fine motor movements in his hands,” said Tami McMichael, advanced practice registered nurse, The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital. “Luke has improved dramatically in all of these areas. He is walking on his own, expressing words well and is excited to get back to school.”

Luke is a freshman at Westmoore High School in Moore. Luke is enrolled in Pre-AP Math and in the Pre-Engineering program at Moore-Norman Technology Center. He enjoys playing strategy games on his computer and playing with his two dogs.

“Being at The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital has been a great experience. Everyone here was friendly and took the time to explain everything they are doing. I would highly recommend anyone who has a child in need of rehabilitation services to come here. This place is amazing,” said Luke’s mother, Robin Miller. “The staff has been so encouraging and supportive in Luke’s therapy sessions. They have pushed him to become stronger and allowed him to perform tasks at his own pace.”

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