Jeremy Kohm’s Portrait of Andrew Genge
May 16, 2012 § Leave a comment
I was recently commissioned to take a portrait of Andrew Genge who’s story is a humbling reminder of why I love to shoot editorial jobs – the people you to get to meet can be fascinating, inspiring and have incredible stories to tell – Genge is clearly no exception.
In May of 2004 Genge was playing in a rugby tournament when he suffered an exceptionally brutal tackle. The outcome broke his jawbone and unknowingly punctured the carotid artery in his neck. Eventually a 16-cm blood clot reached his brain triggering a severe stroke that left him paralyzed on the right side of his body.
Genge started a long recovery and took part in the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute’s Functional Electrical Stimulation as part of his therapy – it’s pretty much what it sounds like – electricity used to get the muscles going. This new technology has helped return 90% of his hand and arm functionality.
This kid’s absolutely amazing.