Monday, September 01, 2014 - 2:39:59 PM

Local News

Print Friendly | Bookmark and Share

Horse Therapy Provides Breakthrough for Greene Teen

(Source: Jason Weinstein)

By the time she was three months old, Elizabeth Roe suffered strokes that affected 99 percent of her brain.

"They still sent her home to die. They said, 'we're going to train you to do infant CPR, we're going to teach you how to medicate her and how to feed her. But we're going to send you home with hospice," said Karen Roe of Greene, Elizabeth's mother.

While Elizabeth survived, her family received a grim diagnosis.

"They said she would never walk, she would never talk, she would never sit up, she would never do anything," said Karen Roe.

But Elizabeth has spent her live overcoming the odds. She has undergone a number of kinds of therapies but none have had the affect of horse therapy, also known as hippotherapy, which she began a year-and-a-half ago.

"This is 100 percent successful in her person, in her mobility," said Karen Roe.

"Elizabeth when she first started would not touch the horse. She didn't like the feeling of the horse's hair and the reins. Now Elizabeth will pet the horse," said Marissa Piccirilli, Executive Director of Verde View Equestrian Center.

Another milestone for Elizabeth came last Summer.

"Sixteen years old, she's never said, 'mom". Her 9-year-old sister worked with her all summer and taught her to say, 'mom,'" said Karen Roe.

"She knows how to say 'da-da'. So we taught her step-by-step," said Paige Roe, Elizabeth's sister.
What were some of those steps?

"Like, 'mmm-ahh-mmm,'" said Paige Roe.

But it's the progress made while on the horse that can be most impressive.

"Approximately a month ago Elizabeth actually fed the horse which before she wouldn't even give him a treat," said Karen Roe.

"It's pretty incredible when that happens. Some of our volunteers have cried," said Piccirilli.

"I've never put limits on her. I've never said, 'Oh, wow, she's doing this now, I don't think she can do anymore. I've always believed Elizabeth can do anything she wants to," said Karen Roe.

****In Colesville, Jason Weinstein, FOX 40 HD News****


View Related Articles: Greene or comment on this one below.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Back Back

Binghamton web design and website hosting by EFX internet  EFX internet

Additional Articles

PA Police Say Missing Teen Matches Description of Body Found VIEW VIDEO
Pennsylvania State Police have found a body that has matched the description a missing teen. 17-year old Zamien Benditt-Parkes has been missing for two weeks.  Around 11:15 Saturday morning,... more

Impact of Prospect Mountain Construction on Labor Day Travel VIEW VIDEO
If you plan on traveling this labor day, you might have to drive through Prospect Mountain... Construction on the mountain is said to be moving along steadily, and it's about 75%... more

Local Music Booster Club Raises Money at JC Field Days VIEW VIDEO
Rides, music, and games are just a few of the activities that take place at the annual Johnson City Field Days, but one local school is hoping to take advantage of the heavy populated day, to help... more

Downtown Student Kick-Off Acquaints Students with Local Businesses VIEW VIDEO
Learning where to eat, or shop, could be daunting for BU students new to the area. Fortunately, an organization of students called CommuniKey  and Twin River Commons are making sure students are... more

Carousels Coming to a Close this Labor Day Weekend VIEW VIDEO
Did you get a chance to ride one of the county's six carousels? Well, if not, you may have to wait until Halloween.   Since the Johnson family built the carousels decades ago, they have had a... more

Ithaca Police Investigate Stabbing VIEW VIDEO
Ithaca police are still investigating a stabbing that happened early Sunday morning. The incident happened just before one 1 a.m. on the 300 block of Hillview Place. Ithaca police say one... more

Pennsylvania State Police Investigate New Milford Burglary
Pennsylvania State Police are still looking for information on a burglary that happened between Thursday evening and Friday morning in Gibson. Police say the incident happened at Lackawanna... more

Click here for more local news...icon



 A News Story

If you are looking for a copy of a news story that we recently aired, simply click here to find out how.

Breaking News

Do you have a tip or information about a breaking news story? Contact the FOX 40 News Desk at 607.798.0070 or send us an email .


Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Stumble It More...