Firefighter Ben Schultz started his rehabilitation day around 9 Wednesday morning. His day didn’t end until about 9 Wednesday night.
Schultz is in Omaha, Nebraska, recovering at QLI, a specialized brain and spinal cord injury rehabilitation provider. The firefighter fell down a 100-foot ladder in June. He has been recovering since.
The day started with some intense cardio therapy in the pool. An adaptive sports specialist for Ben timed him on laps. His did his first lap in about 18 seconds. Schultz then swam four more laps with his time dropping to just 13 seconds on his final lap.
“I saw a lot of determination and a competitiveness that was pretty self-evident. Ben always shows up and works hard. Which means you get a better outcome and you move along further,” said Ben’s specialist, Ed Armstrong.
Ben is even surprised by his progress.