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Health & wellness

New Spaulding hospital is rehab rethought

David Estrada, paralyzed from the chest down in a motorcycle accident 18 years ago, remembers well his miserable three months in a rehabilitation hospital room he shared with three other patients.

That experience inspired him to help others with disabilities, which is why Estrada stopped short as he rolled his wheelchair through the new Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown during its construction last winter. He’d heard there was a panoramic water view from the hospital’s third-floor gymnasium, but he was not seeing it. The sills blocked the view of anyone in a wheelchair.

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