Photos: Chanda Hinton Leichtle is out to change how Medicaid treats spinal cord injuries

The fourteen-year-old boy who accidentally shot nine-year-old Chanda Hinton Leichtle in 1991 thought the rifle was unloaded. It wasn't, and the bullet severed her spinal cord and left her paralyzed below the chest. This week's feature, "Body Movin'," tells how Hinton Leichtle became an advocate for people with spinal cord injuries and embarked on a contentious journey to start a Medicaid pilot program involving acupuncture, massage therapy and chiropractic services.
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