BenU student becomes paralyzed after diving accident

Zaakirah Mujid

News Writer

Nick Younglove, who is halfway through his M.B.A at Benedictine University, was recently injured while diving in a lake on vacation with his family. The accident injured his spinal cord, rendering him paralyzed.

Chicago’s Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, the top spinal cord rehabilitation facility in the nation, is where Younglove currently goes for his therapy. His persistence and determination shows throughout his treatment process.

Nick Younglove, a graduate student at Benedictine, was injured during a diving accident while on vacation with his family. Photo Credit:

“Therapy is going well and I love the facility here. I work a lot with the therapists on balance while sitting, wheelchair skills, and how to use it out on the streets, etc., and with occupational therapy on things like hand function and performing common daily tasks,” said Younglove about the rehab process.

Spinal cord injury rehabilitation helps to increase strength, mobility, and relieve pain. It is hard on the body, but being optimistic is part of the healing process. That is exactly what Younglove has shown.

“His youth, excellent health, and outstanding positive attitude are major factors doctors have noted that could lead to a positive outcome,” said President Michael Brophy in an email to campus.

Younglove is a huge part of the BenU community. Prior to his accident, he was a graphic designer in Benedictine’s Office of Marketing and Communications.

“Nick is a vibrant and talented young man. He has such a positive spirit and our office isn’t the same without him, but we know his hard work is now to heal. He is an inspiration to us all”, said Executive Director in the Office of Marketing and Communications Mercy Robb.

Younglove is hopeful that one day he will be able to walk again and students and staff can donate funds towards his therapy at