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  • Randy T.

    Randy T.

    Vibra Specialty Hospital of Portland

    “Life was really good.” That's how Randy Taylor remembers life before his hospitalization. Randy arrived at Sky Lakes Medical Center experiencing acute weakness and flu-like symptoms. Doctors diagnosed him with sepsis and acute encephalopathy due to bacteremia, acute respiratory failure with ARDS, and critical illness polyneuropathy. Randy and his wife, Terri, have always had an agreement. If one says "you need to go to the hospital," the other simply says "okay." "That day, Terri told me ... “Life was really good.” That's how Randy Taylor remembers life before his hospitalization. Randy arrived at Sky Lakes Medical Center experiencing ... Read More
  • Karina R.

    Karina R.

    Vibra Specialty Hospital of Portland

    When Karina Reynosa went out for a run on one fateful June day, she never expected her life would change. But during that run, a drunk driver struck the 25-year-old. The accident was devastating. Karina suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and broken bones in her face, neck, arms, legs, and pelvis. The fractures caused internal bleeding. Karina's injuries threatened her life. She required several surgeries and multiple blood transfusions to keep her alive. Once Karina made it through ... When Karina Reynosa went out for a run on one fateful June day, she never expected her life would change. But during that run, a drunk driver struck ... Read More
  • Thelma S.

    Thelma S.

    Vibra Specialty Hospital of Portland

    Thelma Stilwell is a woman who knows how to beat the odds. Thelma's remarkable story began with what she thought was simply an asthma attack. But after arriving at Three Rivers Medical Center, she found out otherwise. Doctors diagnosed Thelma with pneumonia and started her on antibiotics. Then, Thelma had an anaphylactic reaction to the antibiotic. Thelma's reaction was so severe, she required intubation. For a higher level of care, she was transferred to Asante Rogue Regional Medical ... Thelma Stilwell is a woman who knows how to beat the odds. Thelma's remarkable story began with what she thought was simply an asthma attack. But ... Read More
  • Michael M.

    Michael M.

    Vibra Specialty Hospital of Portland

    Before the accident, Michael Middleton worked four days per week as a delivery driver. "On my days off, I really enjoyed spending my time outdoors," Michael said. "Anything outdoors. Sports, swimming, etcetera." Michael was completely independent, living his life as a "single bachelor." But then Michael was involved in a serious motor vehicle accident when his truck ran off the road. He suffered serious injuries, including complex fractures to his skull, face, and orbital bone, a left ... Before the accident, Michael Middleton worked four days per week as a delivery driver. "On my days off, I really enjoyed spending my time outdoors," ... Read More
  • Richard N.

    Richard N.

    Vibra Specialty Hospital of Portland

    On January 7th, Richard Nystrom underwent open heart surgery at Yakima Regional Medical Center. Unfortunately, he suffered post-operative complications that effected his heart, kidneys, lungs, and digestive system. In the weeks that followed, Richard’s condition spiraled downward. Perilously ill with multi-system failure, Richard was transferred to Vibra Specialty Hospital in Portland due to Vibra’s well-earned reputation for treating complex medical problems. When he arrived at Vibra, ... On January 7th, Richard Nystrom underwent open heart surgery at Yakima Regional Medical Center. Unfortunately, he suffered post-operative ... Read More
  • Scott C.

    Scott C.

    Vibra Specialty Hospital of Portland

    After lying in bed for weeks, fighting what he thought was a worsening flu bug, 34 year-old Scott Cossey could barely move. On the day he fell to the floor and lost consciousness, his girlfriend, Christina, called 911. Doctors at Adventist Medical Center quickly realized that Scott was close to death. He had a life-threatening infection attacking the tricuspid valve in his heart that, when damaged, triggers a series of pathological conditions; among them, fluid backs up into the lungs, ... After lying in bed for weeks, fighting what he thought was a worsening flu bug, 34 year-old Scott Cossey could barely move. On the day he fell to the ... Read More
  • Mike D.

    Mike D.

    Vibra Specialty Hospital of Portland

    Mike Day and his friend, Greg Hulbert, were busy setting up hunting camp in the mountains of eastern Oregon, looking forward to the arrival of the rest of their hunting party the next day. Mike’s eager anticipation, however, quickly disappeared when he felt intense pain and pressure building in his chest. Turning to Greg, he said, “I think you need to drive me to the hospital.” A harrowing 55-minute drive down the mountain trail brought Mike to Grande Ronde Hospital in La Grande. There, ... Mike Day and his friend, Greg Hulbert, were busy setting up hunting camp in the mountains of eastern Oregon, looking forward to the arrival of the ... Read More
  • Lorie R.

    Lorie R.

    Vibra Specialty Hospital of Portland

    In some ways, Lorie Raymer’s husband had been training for this moment all his life. When Lorie, an ICU nurse who taught her family how to respond to medical emergencies, slumped in her chair and couldn’t speak, Clyde Raymer knew he needed to act swiftly. Within moments, he called for help. Lorie was seen initially at Providence Newberg Hospital, and when a CT scan confirmed a stroke, she was immediately transferred to OHSU. “Lights flashed, sirens yelped, and they were off,” wrote Clyde ... In some ways, Lorie Raymer’s husband had been training for this moment all his life. When Lorie, an ICU nurse who taught her family how to respond to ... Read More
  • Judy M.

    Judy M.

    Vibra Specialty Hospital of Portland

    Judy Madson of Seaside, Oregon recalls the head cold she was determined to ignore while visiting Austria, one of many stops during the European vacation she and her husband Mike were enjoying last June. It worsened so rapidly, but it was just a cold; why was Mike asking the hotel staff to call an ambulance? Leaving the hotel is the last thing I remember for the next six weeks,” recalled Judy quietly. When Judy awoke from her coma, Mike, who had been at her bedside every day, told her that ... Judy Madson of Seaside, Oregon recalls the head cold she was determined to ignore while visiting Austria, one of many stops during the European ... Read More
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