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One Year Later: Hugo's Story

By Ellen Bacca
Published On: Jan 03 2013 06:52:58 PM CST
Onslow County -

Today marks one year since 18-year-old Hugo Rubirosa was paralyzed during a wrestling meet at west Carteret High School.

We have followed Hugo's road to recovery for the last year. The Jacksonville High

school student suffered a severe neck injury during the match, paralyzing him from the neck down. He has since regained movement in his arms and chest, and can feel sensation in his legs as well. Hugo spent three months at Vidant in Greenville and eventually went to Atlanta for intensive treatment. Hugo was able to take his first assisted steps with a robot, at the Atlanta Rehab Center.

His mom says she hopes her son can one day walk again.

"He has a lot of spirit. And He has a lot of faith. And I have a lot of faith that he is going to walk again." said Maria Rodriguez.

Christmas morning Hugo was able to move his toe for the first time since the accident, something he says was the best Christmas present he could have asked for.

Hugo is also utilizing his hi-tech chair to work on standing for longer periods of time.