Bakersfield man raising money for paralyzed girlfriend

Posted at 9:40 AM, Aug 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-20 13:36:16-04

Derek Adams is from Bakersfield who is doing inspirational things for his girlfriend, Leia.  Leia was in an accident which caused her to be paralyzed from her chest down with little to no movement.  He is now raising money for therapy that would bring movement back into her body again.  23ABC's Adam Bowles has the story.

Here is his GoFundMe post describing his journey for her.

"This month concludes 2 years since Leia's accident, which caused her to be a quadriplegic. Meaning: where Leia's level of injury is, she is unable to normally feel or have any motor control from her chest down. Along with losing movement from her chest down, she also has little to no movement within her fingers. Since the accident she has slowly regained (on her own) more balance, feeling, and strength, all of which she was told there would be no regaining.

After being hospitalized, she was given therapy, which all costs were insurance covered. The insured therapy that Leia was given prior to the accident was expected to be therapy to help her recover as much mobility as possible. After shortly attending the therapy, it had become clear that the insured therapy was only preparing Leia to live her life in her wheelchair.

Recently, Leia and her family came across an opportunity for therapy in Pleasanton, Ca. She was given a free 1 hour trial session of therapy on Wednesday, June 14th at SciFit. Which is "Spinal Cord Injury Functional Integrated Therapy". That went amazing. Both Leia and her parents see it being very promising - as do the therapists that worked with her. Leia was able to not only try, but successfully workout with equipment that isn't available by any insured therapy in our areas.

Unfortunately, all good things come with a cost. With that being said not only is SciFit NOT covered by any form of insurance, but it is many miles away and a room is also not included. We are reaching out to all family and friends, in need of help towards this dream of Leia's hope to regain as much or any strength possible. For those who know or have met her, are not only aware of the strength she has, but also the determination to prove herself plus those who never stopped believing in her; that she will get better.

Any and all donations are very much appreciated. For those who are unable to donate, you can still be a huge factor in making this journey possible by simply liking and sharing this link, and keeping her in your prayers as well.

I will be keeping all friends and family updated on her progress throughout the weeks/months of therapy. Please please please spread the word and keep this going!"

If you want to keep up with Derek and Leia, they have a Facebook page here.