JNEWS: McGuire, Tommy [MC2016] recognized for overcoming injury



Helen Hayes honors patients who beat the odds
Kimberly Redmond, kredmond2@lohud.com Published 6:30 p.m. ET Sept. 19, 2017 

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And, her patient, Tommy McGuire, has.

“Even when he encountered numerous medical setbacks, such as a bad case of pneumonia that landed him back to acute care, Tommy returned back to us at Helen Hayes with maturity, determination and a sense of humor that had everyone rooting for him,” she said.

McGuire, a 2011 graduate of Clarkstown South High School and former star athlete, was injured after an accident in a swimming pool. His accident came only a few weeks after he graduated from Manhattan College and began his search for a job.

Over the last year, the community has rallied around the McGuire family to find ways to help with his medical costs.

After accepting his Medal of Independence — an award for patients who have overcome a catastrophic, neurological injury and require extensive rehabilitation — the Congers resident thanked everyone for their support.

McGuire, who was discharged in November 2016 and now attends outpatient physical therapy, promised to remain committed.

“I’m going to continue to work harder to improve,” he said.

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McGuire, Tommy [MC2016]

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