Foundation Assists Capital Region Man in Recovery from Spinal Injury to Regain Mobility

On New Year’s Day 2020, a Lewis County, New York, snowmobile outing turned into a nightmare when Chris Lysogorski, then 24, collided with a fallen tree at high speed. The severe crash resulted in Lysogorski breaking his neck at the C6-C7 level and commenced an arduous journey toward rehabilitation.

Lysogorski spent a total of four months in medical facilities, including two months at Upstate Hospital followed by another two months in rehabilitation. He finally returned home on June 8, 2020, and has since been on a path to incremental recovery.

At 26, Chris now resides in Guilderland with his family, where they have been adapting to the significant changes in their lives post-accident. Prior to his catastrophic injury, Chris was an avid participant in racing and automobile maintenance. He expressed nostalgia for his pastimes, reflecting on his history of racing cars at Lebanon Valley and his enthusiasm for working on vehicles and engaging in activities like dirt biking and snowmobiling.

Although the exact return to his previous lifestyle remains uncertain, Chris holds on to a desire to stay active and participate in outdoor activities. Through the encouragement of a recreational program, he discovered adaptive kayaking, which sparked a new interest.

Source: WAMC

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