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Returning to a productive lifestyle is an important step for those recovering from a disabling injury. People need the time and resources to properly rehabilitate and adjust back to a normal life. The process can be lengthy and difficult, but also inspiring, as you’ll see in the story of Feranmi Okanlami.
Feranmi Okanlami was a third-year orthopedic surgery student at Yale University when he was paralyzed by jumping into a pool, injuring his spinal cord. The numerous injuries changed his life, but didn’t take away his commitment to one day practice medicine.
During his recovery, Feranmi received personalized support from Guardian’s Long Term Disability claims and vocational rehabilitation team while he pursued his medical education. Today, he is a medical doctor and serves as an advocate for people living with disabilities.