I just discovered this site. My daughter, 20, hydroplaned in her car, landed in a ditch and has a burst fracture of T-12, with some fragments that broke off L-1 as well. I'm not completely up on the terms, so I may not describe everything perfectly. This happened 2 1/2 weeks ago.

She underwent surgery and stayed in the hospital for a week after that and has been in a rehab hospital (National Rehab Hospital in DC) for six days.

The good news is that she's walking with a walker and just graduating to a cane. Her left leg is weaker, and the foot turns in (I'm sure there's a medical term for this, but I don't know it). The worst thing right now is that she has no bladder function, can't feel she has to go or go without a catheter. I'm looking for stories about similar fractures where bladder function came back. Bowel works with meds.

Thanks for any insights. Also just general stories about young adults/college students resuming life after such a traumatic event would be helpful.