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  • Virginia A.

    Virginia A.

    Ballard Rehabilitation Hospital

    One night, Virginia Aceves found she was having difficulty getting into bed. "My head was so heavy," she recalled, "and the left side of my body wouldn't move at all." Virginia shares a house with her friend, who heard her struggling. Coming in to see what was going on, she offered to call the paramedics. But Virginia insisted she was fine. She acknowledges she should have known better, having gone through this when her husband had a stroke several years ago. Eventually, Virginia relented ... One night, Virginia Aceves found she was having difficulty getting into bed. "My head was so heavy," she recalled, "and the left side of my body ... Read More
  • Felix W.

    Felix W.

    Ballard Rehabilitation Hospital

    About 8:00 am one morning, Felix Wong noticed his right side seemed weak. He struggled to raise his arm and leg. His speech was slurred. Around 10:30 am, Felix called for emergency medical assistance. He was taken to Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center. Fortunately for Felix, Pomona Valley Hospital is a certified stroke center. Waiting to seek medical assistance made Felix's treatment more complicated. Tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) can typically only be administered within a ... About 8:00 am one morning, Felix Wong noticed his right side seemed weak. He struggled to raise his arm and leg. His speech was slurred. Around 10:30 ... Read More
  • Leticia O.

    Leticia O.

    Ballard Rehabilitation Hospital

    Guillain-Barre Syndrome is a neurological condition that effects the peripheral nerves. Patients are often left with a level of paralysis difficult to overcome without the proper treatment regimen. Selecting the highest level-of-care has a significant impact on recovery. Mrs. Leticia Oscar is an example of a patient determined to defeat her debilitating illness. In February, Leticia entered a hospital due to increased peripheral weakness. Further workup revealed she was suffering from ... Guillain-Barre Syndrome is a neurological condition that effects the peripheral nerves. Patients are often left with a level of paralysis difficult to ... Read More
  • Brisa A.

    Brisa A.

    Ballard Rehabilitation Hospital

    Imagine what it would be like to be conscious, but paralyzed and voiceless. It is called Locked-In Syndrome and it was a reality for Brisa Alfaro. Just 32-years-old when she suffered a pons stroke that left her incapacitated, Alfaro had led a busy professional life traveling and teaching in the beauty industry and refused to accept the dire outcome doctors expected. Amazingly, she began to recover and doctors stabilized her condition, enabling her transfer to Ballard Rehabilitation ... Imagine what it would be like to be conscious, but paralyzed and voiceless. It is called Locked-In Syndrome and it was a reality for Brisa Alfaro. ... Read More
  • William R.

    William R.

    Ballard Rehabilitation Hospital

    On April 26, 2018, William experienced an event that would change his world. He suffered a stroke causing severe weakness in his left upper and lower extremities. This altered the way he lived his life in a way he had never imagined. His physicians knew his greatest hope to regain his independence would be at Ballard Rehabilitation Hospital. The team at Ballard was notified of William's condition and admitted him to start the rehabilitation process. Upon arrival, his therapists noted that ... On April 26, 2018, William experienced an event that would change his world. He suffered a stroke causing severe weakness in his left upper and lower ... Read More
  • Raul D.

    Raul D.

    Ballard Rehabilitation Hospital

    On February 24, 2018, Mr. Raul Damien was admitted to a local short-term acute care hospital after sustaining a fall from a 7-foot fence, and landing on his head. Upon workup at the hospital, Mr. Damien was diagnosed with a severe Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury. Throughout the course of his admission at the short-term acute care hospital, he required maximum assistance with his activities of daily living with the need for extensive physical and occupational therapy. He would not be able to ... On February 24, 2018, Mr. Raul Damien was admitted to a local short-term acute care hospital after sustaining a fall from a 7-foot fence, and landing ... Read More
  • Michael G.

    Michael G.

    Ballard Rehabilitation Hospital

    On February 16, 2018, Michael G. was admitted to a local short-term acute care hospital with stroke-like symptoms. Upon further workup, Michael was diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma, a type of non-traumatic brain injury. In the early stages of his stay at the short-term acute care hospital, he required max assistance with tasks that had previously come naturally to him; tasks he had been performing his entire life. Further intervention into his diagnosis left him requiring extensive ... On February 16, 2018, Michael G. was admitted to a local short-term acute care hospital with stroke-like symptoms. Upon further workup, Michael was ... Read More
  • Lisa W.

    Lisa W.

    Ballard Rehabilitation Hospital

    On January 10, 2018, Lisa was admitted to a local short-term acute care hospital with Congestive Heart Failure, pneumonia, and bariatric needs. She required the use of a ventilator to help her breath during her stay. Throughout the course of her admission at the short-term acute care hospital, she had become weak and debilitated with decreased functional mobility in her upper and lower extremities. Her physicians saw the need for additional rehabilitation in an acute care hospital ... On January 10, 2018, Lisa was admitted to a local short-term acute care hospital with Congestive Heart Failure, pneumonia, and bariatric needs. She ... Read More
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