The Lucky Mutant

The Lucky Mutant

A video snapshot of quadraplegic muscular dystrophy patient Keith Hogan, who looks on the bright side of life.

At 43, Keith Hogan so far has outlived the predictions of his demise by about 37 years. He was born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 2, a genetic disease, and has severe scoliosis and respiratory problems. He has lived with these conditions his entire life and has never been able to walk. Over time, he lost the ability to use his arms. Despite the fact that others must feed, dress, clean and transport him, he was raised by his parents and grandparents to believe he could do or accomplish anything. As portrayed here, he’s not the kind of guy to let something like an otherwise debilitating illness stand in the way of enjoying his life and relationships.

This short documentary was produced, shot, and edited by Austin, Texas independent filmmaker Erik Mauck. Incorporating interviews with Keith’s employer, friends, and three round-the-clock caretakers, it shows his multi-dimensional life and captures his personality, humor and sense of perspective.

Length: 9:49

Video: Erik Mauck