Marcus Fairfield, 27, didn’t think he’d get to attend the 18-week ultrasound for his first child.
With a bit of creativity, teamwork and careful planning by Mary Free Bed Recreational Therapist Kaitlin Salowitz, Marcus was able to be in the room when he and his girlfriend, Liz, learned they would become parents to a baby girl this November.
Kaitlin also is expecting her first baby in November. She has bonded with the father- and mother-to-be, swapping pregnancy stories and sharing the excitement of impending parenthood.
A rollover accident on April 25, 2015, left Marcus with a paralyzing spinal cord injury. He spent more than 3 weeks in Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit before coming to Mary Free Bed’s inpatient spinal cord injury program. He works daily with a team of specialists to maximize his strength, mobility and independence.
Marcus, a driven business owner and Iraq War veteran, said knowing his daughter is on the way helps him to stay positive and focused on his rehabilitation goals.