Shane Hultine has a lot of stories to share.
He might tell you about the time, some four months after suffering a spinal cord injury, he went camping overnight with QLI staff and fellow rehabilitation clients.
He might tell you about what it was like to come to QLI with an external fixator haloed around his broken leg, and how it didn’t stop Jaime—Shane’s Life Path specialist—from finding normalized ways to reintegrate Shane back into the community.
He might tell you about the pain and weakness in his left shoulder, how he arrived at QLI’s rehabilitation facility without the ability to use it in a meaningful capacity. And he just might follow it up with a story about Jack, one of QLI’s adaptive sports specialists, who used archery and scuba diving to challenge and condition that same shoulder.
He might tell you about the work involved in relearning how to drive with limited use of his lower body. It’s a story that charts a process of practice and patience, from humble laps around QLI’s campus with his adaptive driving specialist to confident trips around Omaha’s city streets.
He might tell you about the experience he gained while volunteering at UNO’s Biomechanics Lab. Amidst the dull hum and electronic beeps of UNO’s 3D printing workshop, Shane drafted and helped build devices students would eventually use in functional gait experiments.
Shane Hultine might tell you he took advantage of QLI’s numerous resources on his path to recovery.
His team would say the same thing, too.
Check out a perspective of QLI through Shane’s eyes below: