Keith is a paramedic who was working at the Long Beach
Grand Prix. He hopped onto a golf cart and lost his footing as the cart took
off. He fell backwards, hitting his head, and was rushed to a short-term acute care
hospital with a cerebral hemorrhage.
After a three-hour surgery, Keith recovered in the hospital’s
ICU for two weeks. So that his brain could fully recover, he was placed in a
drug-induced coma, on a trach and a ventilator.
At the end of his stay in the short-term hospital,
Keith required extended recovery time. He was transferred to Kindred Hospital
San Gabriel Valley
for continued care.
The interdisciplinary team’s first goal was to wean
Keith from his ventilator and trach. After this was accomplished the rehabilitation
team worked with Keith to help him regain his ability to speak and to swallow. The
physical therapists worked with Keith and little by little he progressed to
walking with a walker and then walking unassisted. A medical specialist had predicted
that Keith would never walk or talk again. Keith, with the help of his
rehabilitation team, was proving him wrong.
After a month at Kindred, Keith was transferred to an acute
rehabilitation facility. He had regained the ability to eat solid food, walk
and talk. He underwent more surgery and still requires some outpatient rehabilitation
therapy but he is able to do the things he loves – watching the Oakland Raiders
play football and spending time with his wife and 11-year-old daughter.
Four months after his accident, Keith had recovered to
the point that most experts predicted would take a year. Against all odds, and
with the help of the interdisciplinary team at Kindred Hospital
San Gabriel Valley,
Keith has had a recovery that some describe as a miracle.
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