Doctors tell MN woman she's permanently paralyzed – but she battles back


A woman told she would never breathe on her own again after becoming paralyzed in an accident is miraculously defying her diagnosis.

Iron worker Annie Wilner-Miller, of Grove City, suffered serious vertebrae and spinal cord injuries after falling down the stairs on Jan. 4, paralyzing her from the shoulders down, the West Central Tribune reports.

But just days after being told by doctors she would require assistance breathing for the rest of her life, she began breathing without the aid of a ventilator. And since then has been able to talk and move her fingers.

"Every time the doctors tell us something negative about our sister's condition, we prove them wrong. Annie proves them wrong," Solem and Sue Goldschmidt, another of Annie's sisters, said on the Ironworkers 512 website. "The medical team working with Annie currently has told us that we are ahead of schedule in her journey."

Wilner-Miller's family and friends are updating people on her progress through a GoFundMe page, which has so far raised almost $4,000 towards her medical expenses.

The latest posting describes how her spinal cord injured was downgraded from a complete injury to an incomplete injury, and says "in the spinal [cord] world [this] is nothing short of a miracle."

She is working towards her recovery at the Golden Valley campus of the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, an extension of Abbott Northwestern Hospital.

According to a posting on a CaringBridge site set up for Wilner-Miller, she is expected to have to stay there for at least 50 days, undergoing daily physical therapy.

Such is the speed of her recovery, her family hopes she will be back home in the farmhouse she shares with her husband Paul in time for her birthday this May, the West Central Tribune notes.

You can make a donation to Annie's cause here.

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