Andrew has finally officially been accepted to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC). Andrew and the family chose this center because it is the top ranked rehab center specializing in spinal cord injuries and it is near to family, which is a big part of successful rehabilitation. While Andrew has a long and grueling road ahead of him (8-10 hour days of rehab and therapy 7 days a week) he is ready for the next step in the healing process.
Also, since Andrew has had so much improvement in the last few days (eating and drinking on his own, in addition to many other tasks he is improving upon daily), his doctor has given the okay for ambulance transfer to RIC, instead of fixed wing transfer. Because he is doing so well he has a 7 AM date with the ambulance tomorrow morning! We will update the blog with Andrew's new address (for the next few weeks, at least) by tomorrow, so you can continue to support him. However- don't let this news deter you from posting comments and stories for Andrew, he so enjoys being able to hear from everyone!!
Again- THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH- From Andrew, Kalli, and the entire Hippert Family.