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Scottsdale Woman’s Miracle Recovery Featured on Website


50 Years, 50 Faces

A Scottsdale woman has been selected from thousands of patients around the world to tell her amazing medical story on a new website,

Cat Kozuch was treated at Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix for a severe spinal cord injury she suffered while on spring break in Rocky Point. Kozuch was transferred to Barrow and was paralyzed upon arrival the hospital. Barrow Surgeons removed fragments of two vertebra that had shattered into her spinal cord. Nearly three months later, Kozuch was walking again and went on to make a recovery that even doctors called “remarkable.” Many patients with this type of spinal cord injury do not improve.

St. Joseph’s Barrow Neurological Institute, located in Phoenix, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2012. Patients like Kozuch travel from all over the United States and the world for the special neurological expertise available at Barrow. The new interactive website is part of Barrow’s commemorative activities this year. Kozuch is one of only 50 special patients chosen to be interviewed for the website.

“From day one I wouldn’t picture myself in a wheelchair and pushed myself to get well,” says Kozuch. “I’m grateful to be standing on two feet again.”

To see Kozuch’s full interview, visit and select the 50 Years, 50 Faces icon.

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