Raising Ryleigh

Exceeding Expectations from hayley bartels on Vimeo.

Ryleigh Rowe is one of about 1,500 children born each year in the United States with spinal bifida. Ryleigh’s case is particularly severe. She has had several surgeries to replace nerves that were exposed in utero, including having a shunt placed in her brain to relieve pressure and surgery to close areas where spinal tissue was exposed. Children with Ryleigh's type of spinal bifida will never be able to walk on their own. But after 17 months of therapy and uncertainty, Ryleigh is exceeding expectations, mostly due to her parents attitude and approach to her condition. 

See story online for Vox Magazine