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Mario Makes a Dramatic Recovery at Harbor Care

Mario

Mario was born in East L A and grew up in Whittier. His parents worked hard and provided a good home for him and his brother and sister. 

Mario has had some stretches of homelessness since 2016 that he attributes to some lapses in judgement on his part. Mario was working at a seafood place and renting a room. He had just got paid, got a haircut and paid his rent the day before his tragic accident. 

“I made a wrong choice. I thought I could get down from a ledge. I fell and have a compression fracture in my back and both of my heels were fractured,” says Mario. 

He was left wondering what kind of quality of life he would have in the future. Would he be able to stand or walk again? When Mario showed up at Harbor Care, He was still getting used to life in a wheelchair and thinking he might never get out of his chair. 

Mario needed hope! Habor Care’s General Manager told him that they would play soccer in the parking lot by the end of Mario’s stay. Day by day, Mario got stronger and was reminded regularly of their upcoming soccer game, which always brought a smile to his face.

Mario doesn’t need a wheelchair or any assistive devices to get around. He spent his last day at Harbor Care playing soccer in the parking lot. 

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