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Patient Progress: Meet Selma


Meet Selma: "Never Stop Believing It's Possible"

Selma Hafizbegovic has an inner spirit as beautiful as her outer appearance.  She lives each day by her favorite quote: "If you want to be happy, be."

In 2010, Selma was injured in a freak rock climbing accident.  She was diagnosed with a "complete" spinal cord injury (no movement or sensation below her level of injury).  Despite her prognosis, Selma, a New Yorker who once traveled by foot nearly everywhere, decided early on that she was "never going to stop believing it's possible" for her to walk again. 

They say when there's a will, there's a way.
Selma has approached her recovery with both heart and hard work, self-advocating along the way.  She has tried everything from herbal regimens, to acupuncture, to intense rehabilitation therapy to regain function - most treatments, considered experimental, have not been covered by her insurance.  Working with HelpHOPELive, Selma has raised enough money through private donations to fund her ongoing treatment, and she has made unbelievable progress! Today, Selma has regained feeling in her feet; regained some bodily functions; is walking with assistance (walker, electrodes and knee support); operates the stationary bicycle (with some assistance from electrodes); and stands on her own (using therapy equipment) - all amazing achievements for someone with a complete injury.

"It's been a journey," said Selma. "I'm not even halfway done..."Every twitch, goosebump in my body I look at as a blessing, a sign of life."

Selma's incredible journey unfolds in a series of updates, photos and videos on her HelpHOPELive web page.

Since 2000, HelpHOPELive has helped to restore independence and quality of life for nearly 700 injured individuals.