Family hopeful teen will walk again

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

ASHLAND – The road to recovery will be a long one for all three members of the Shane Nance family who were injured in an early morning May 2 tornado.
Family members are prayerful that one day 13-year-old Wade Nance will be able to walk that road.
Wade was transferred on Friday from LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta for treatment and rehabilitation for a spinal injury, said his grandfather, Larry Nance.
“It’s a rehabilitation hospital where they’ll teach him how to cope with not being able to walk,” Larry Nance said. “Right now doctors are not giving a lot of hope, but it’s a waiting game, really. Doctors down there are specialists in this area, and we’re trying to be optimistic and pray that everything will be OK.”
Larry Nance’s wife and Wade’s grandmother, Brenda Nance, is accompanying the teen for his treatment. U.S. News and World Report has called the Shepherd Center, which treats people with spinal cord injury and brain injury, one of the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the country.
Both of Wade’s parents have been discharged from hospitals as well – Shane Nance from North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, and Rhonda Nance from the Regional Medical Center (The Med) in Memphis.
Both are staying with Larry Nance as they recuperate.
“There’s improvement every day, but there’s still a long way to go,” Larry Nance said. “Shane and his wife are both in (body casts) because they suffered broken backs.”
The two are expected to need at least six to eight weeks for recovery. Shane worked as a commercial roofer, while Rhonda did accounting for a Holly Springs dentist.
Larry Nance, who works for Benton County, also hasn’t worked since the tornado, “but I’m going to have to get back to work soon,” he said.
The family has received extraordinary outpourings of support during this crisis, more than they would have believed possible, Larry Nance said.
“I want to thank everyone who has helped or offered to help,” he said. “You wouldn’t believe all the people who have gone out of their way for us.”

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