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Our Stories: Jonathan

Fighting back after a rough start

Jonathan, of Burnsville, Minn., has had to work hard to be just a kid. When he was just two months old, Jonathan went into cardiac arrest. After his mother performed CPR at his home, and after being without a pulse for more than 40 minutes, Jonathan was rushed to the hospital where he was on a ventilator for 17 days. 

Jonathan began receiving physical therapy at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute – Burnsville when he was only four months old. A few months later, he added occupational and speech therapy. As an infant and toddler, he was delayed in meeting his developmental milestones. He also had difficulty with crawling, walking, balance, using his arms, feeding himself after removal of his G-tube and building his language skills. 

His family worked tirelessly to improve Jonathan’s quality of life and functional abilities. He now acts and behaves for the most part like any other kid. He eats well, walks and uses most stairs without assistance, writes his name, and carries on a conversation (especially if it has anything to do with pirates!) 

“Jonathan has demonstrated significant progress throughout the years and is a true inspiration to the therapists at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute – Burnsville” said Dana Frost, OTR/L. 

Jonathan continues to eagerly attempt tasks that are difficult for him, always striving for more independence, even if it takes longer for him to do on his own. His infectious laugh and shy smile make working with him fun and his therapists look forward to his treatment appointments. His ability to participate in the world with little adaptation shows his strength, determination and love of life. He is an inspiration to everyone around him.




Jonathan is a 2013 Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute Inspiration Award winner.