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​UPMC Rehabilitation Institute Patient Success Stories

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The Challenge

John was brought up to always do better and keep trying, no matter what. So when he was diagnosed with ​muscular dystrophy in 1986, he kept pushing forward. It wasn’t until he contracted a virus in 2015 that he was incapaci​tated to a point where he was not able to stand.

The Path to UPMC

The Challenge

A Pennsylvania native, Rose, 87, spent most of her adult life in Delaware since she and her husband were in the Coast Guard and both loved to fish. When her husband, and then son (her only child), passed away two years apart, Rose decided to move back to the Pittsburgh area to be near her siblings.

The Challenge

Mike, 72, is a tall, athletic-looking man but he admits that he never took good care of himself. When he retired from his career as a social worker, he spent his first several years of retirement caring for his elderly parents instead.

The Challenge

Ean O., a member of the U.S. Navy, was driving through Pennsylvania on his way to Indiana to visit family when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed.

The Path to UPMC

The Challenge

When heart problems and a massive stroke put him in a coma, David went to the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute at UPMC McKeesport.

The Challenge

William W. woke up one morning feeling extreme pain in his legs, le​aving him unable to walk.

The Challenge

Thomas A. didn’t expect that he wouldn’t be able to walk after a snowboarding accident left him with a severe spinal cord injury.

The Path to UPMC

The Challenge

After suffering back and leg pain for much of her life, Susan S. found herself unable to move because of a decompression and fusion in one of her vertebra and had to undergo back surgery.

The Path to UPMC

The Challenge

Florence S. had suffered from a stroke that left the left side of her body paralyzed. Florence S. came to the 

The Path to UPMC

In need of stroke rehabilitation, she went to the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute for treatment.

The Solution

Florence's time spent at the Rehabilitation Institute helped her learn how to walk again, which is a key component of her successful recovery.

The Results

The Challenge

In June of 2007, Paul M. suffered a stroke, landing him in the hospital for 54 days.

The Path to UPMC

Paul went from the intensive care unit directly to the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute.

The Challenge

Whether by e-mail or an in-person appointment, Chelsi remains in contact with her doctor, who specializes in Spina Bifida, because he “really has confidence in what he's talking about, and it makes me feel much more confident in the whole thing.”

The Path to UPMC

Confidence is what continues to bring Chelsi F. back to the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute.

The Challenge

Rather than starting the day with his normal routine, Paul C. experienced trouble getting out of bed one morning and was unable to move the entire left side of his body.

The Path to UPMC

After determining the magnitude of his stroke, Paul was eventually flown from a local hospital to UPMC Presbyterian, where he underwent rigorous surgeries to eliminate his blood clot,.

The Solution and Results

After his blood clot surgeries, Paul went to the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute for specialized care.

Now, Paul is back to the active lifestyle he’s always enjoyed, returning to work less than one month after his stroke. He’s also resumed coaching his children in many sports and playing golf.

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