Rowing with Lilly Barnett – Thursday, June 25, 2015
Shannon Saldana is Lilly’s therapist at the Alfred I. Dupont Children’s Hospital in Wilmington and has been working with Lilly since the beginning. She and other therapists have been working on a treatment plan to help Lilly get back to being a kid again. Shannon says they have focused on functions, and assessed her occupation as a child, whether it be getting her back to cheer-leading or getting her back to live at home again.
Lilly now spends more time at home and less time at the hospital. She has been able to get back to cheer-leading and also has picked up a new sport.
That sport is indoor rowing. Shannon says this is a great form of rehabilitation and also gives her a chance to have fun. Lilly went on to qualify for the World Indoor Rowing Championships in Boston, where she took first place. Lilly’s mother, Kelly, says they can’t thank the folks at Alfred I. Dupont hospital enough, but Shannon says it was Lilly’s determination that helped make her recovery possible.
So what’s next for the world champion? Lilly says she wants to learn how to play basketball.