July 25, 2024, 6:37 am

Defying Paralysis: Dancer Embarks on Grueling Rehab Journey

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  • Update Time : Sunday, July 7, 2024
Injured dancer Mo Li (center) pictured with his parents during happier times.

A dancer, paralyzed after a tragic accident at a Hong Kong concert by the boy band Mirror two years ago, is beginning intensive rehabilitation to regain movement. Mo Li Kai-yin, 29, who sustained severe spinal injuries when a massive TV screen fell on him, recently underwent a successful two-stage surgery to repair his spine.

Father’s Hopeful Update

Reverend Derek Li Shing-lam, Mo’s father, shared on Facebook that the surgeries had no initial side effects, paving the way for Mo to start his long journey of rehabilitation. The process focuses first on gross motor skills, such as walking and sitting up unaided.

A Marathon Rehabilitation Journey

Reverend Li described the rehabilitation as akin to “learning to reorganize each frame in a slow-motion video.” This meticulous process aims to help Mo’s nerves adjust and coordinate precise movements. “It’s like he is learning to function again, just like a newborn baby taking control of his hands and feet,” he added.

Infection-Free Surgery Incision

The successful surgery and the infection-free incision are crucial steps, allowing the family to concentrate on Mo’s recovery. Reverend Li expressed immense gratitude for the support from relatives, medical staff, church members, and well-wishers over the past 102 weeks.

Emotional Appeal for Support

Despite the challenges, including seeing Mo’s spine covered in surgical scars, Reverend Li praised his son’s determination. He appealed for continued prayers and support to help Mo overcome the arduous rehabilitation.

Incident and Legal Consequences

The incident occurred in July 2022 at the Hong Kong Coliseum, leaving Mo and another dancer injured. The Hip Hing Loong Stage Engineering Company, responsible for the stage setup, was fined US$53,685 for multiple safety failures. Two other companies involved were fined a total of US$45,000 in November last year.

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