Paralyzed Man Strives to Inspire through Art

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The Ozark Terrace Health and Rehabilitation Center has a star on its hands, and he’s using an interesting technique to create award winning art. 
 
Even though not many words are spoken, a smile is still there.
 
About 20 years ago, Eddie Henderson’s life turned upside down.
 
“Eddie lived a normal life like we live, going to work everyday and then was in a horrible car accident that left him with the ability to not use his hands and legs,” Administrator of the Ozark Terrace Health and Rehabilitation Center Kim Weaver said. “He needed a nursing rehab to help meet his needs of daily living.”
 
Movement in Henderson’s arms and legs may be lost forever but his love for art still remains. 
 
“Shoot and aim,” Activity Director of The Ozarks Terrace Health and Rehabilitation Center Natasha Delacruz said. “There you go that was a good one. Good job. “
 
“We do arts and crafts and everyone was using their hands,” Delacruz said. “But Eddie wasn’t able to, so I looked up ways to do arts and crafts without hand mobility and a straw in the mouth came up. 
 
Natasha, by Eddie’s side everyday, says Eddie is teaching her more than she could ever teach him.
 
“Eddie has a very big heart and even in the condition that he is in,” Delacruz said. “He still is smiling and is laughing and makes life better, so regardless of what life there is always something to smile about.” 
 
Eddie’s first art piece represented the Ozark Terrace Clinic in a statewide art competition for nursing homes and brought home the silver.  
 
“Sometime this business is hard but he reminds us why we come to work everyday,” Weaver said. “People that need us and that reminds us why we get out of bed everyday to come to work”
 
This outlet of making art has created a bond that will never be broken. 
 
Henderson says he will continue his love for art and strive for the gold next year. 
 

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