As a boy growing up in Somalia, Mohamed enjoyed hanging out with his friends and playing soccer. Then, when he was 9 years old, a single moment changed the course of his life. He was shot in the back and sustained a spinal cord injury that damaged his nerves and left him paralyzed from the waist down. Doctors told his family that Mohamed would never walk again.     

When Mohamed was 16, he and his mom immigrated to Phoenix. They hoped that the U.S. would offer greater accessibility for a wheelchair user—and that Mohamed could get the advanced medical care that might give him a chance to walk again. 

Upon arriving in Phoenix, Mohamed began physical and occupational therapy with Phoenix Children’s Rehabilitation Services. He faced a long journey to get where he is today. Watch now to see Mohamed’s physical, mental and emotional transformation.  

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