Asia A refers to the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA), who developed a system of tests used to define and describe the severity of a patient’s spinal cord injury to help determine future rehabilitation and recovery needs. The patient’s test grade is based on how much sensation he or she can feel at multiple points on the body, as well as tests of motor function.
The film Asia A, is the story of Marquise a 22-year old college athlete who undergoes the ASIA test and is confronted with the choice - give up or live.
The idea for this film spawned six years ago when director/producer/writer - Andrew Reid, at the age of 21, became paralyzed from the chest down. A malformation of his blood vessels resulted in a rupture which compressed his spine when he was sleeping, leaving him completely paralyzed. Andrew was told by doctors he would never walk again but with dedication and perseverance regained movement.
Today, Andrew walks again and continues to progress in strength and health. He plans for this film to shed light on recovery, disability and the human relationships that help us to overcome adversity.