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Travis Amick struggles to regain ‘normal’ life

Fundraiser scheduled for Lodi man who broke his neck in an August fall

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Posted: Saturday, November 5, 2011 12:00 am

In the trauma ward of Charity Hospital in New Orleans, Travis Amick was lying in a bed with a tracheal tube and monitoring wires trailing from his body. He couldn't move his arms or legs and he struggled to communicate, because the strained muscles in his neck blocked his airway. Family and friends could only visit for 30 minutes at a time. This is how a former local soccer star spent his 24th birthday.

"It's crazy to see how I went from being so coordinated to having to work just to lift my arm," said Amick, on the phone, using a hands-free headset.

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