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  • Crystal J.

    Crystal J.

    Ballard Rehabilitation Hospital

    For a young couple, the birth of their first child is an exciting time. Crystal Johnson and her husband, Dupre, couldn't wait to meet their little one. Crystal worked in the emergency department at Saint Mary's Medical Center in Apple Valley. On the front line during the coronavirus pandemic, Crystal took leave two weeks prior to her due date. Early on the morning of April 23, Sophia Joy Johnson was born. Crystal's labor was complicated and required a cesarean section, but mom and baby ... For a young couple, the birth of their first child is an exciting time. Crystal Johnson and her husband, Dupre, couldn't wait to meet their little ... Read More
  • Jim W.

    Jim W.

    Ballard Rehabilitation Hospital

    In San Bernardino for business, Jim Wall began having chest pain on his left side. He described it as a sharp pain, radiating to his left upper arm. Jim also experienced dizziness and shortness of breath. But he didn't go to the hospital right away. Two days later, Jim noticed some numbness in his face that persisted for about 15 minutes. Having suffered transient ischemic attacks in the past, Jim recognized the feeling. Though he'd been doing quite well since the TIAs -- independent and ... In San Bernardino for business, Jim Wall began having chest pain on his left side. He described it as a sharp pain, radiating to his left upper arm. ... Read More
  • Denise M.

    Denise M.

    Ballard Rehabilitation Hospital

    Denise McCree was no stranger to back pain. Living with severe degenerative disc disease, Denise experienced back pain for many years. With back surgery planned, Denise received therapy from St. Mary's Home Health in Apple Valley. Denise discussed her upcoming surgery with her therapist. The therapist recommended Ballard Rehabilitation Hospital for post-surgery inpatient rehab. Denise contacted her insurance plan to begin the process of ensuring she'd go to Ballard after surgery. With ... Denise McCree was no stranger to back pain. Living with severe degenerative disc disease, Denise experienced back pain for many years. With back ... Read More
  • Mattiya P.

    Mattiya P.

    Ballard Rehabilitation Hospital

    "Hi, my name is Mattiya Parker and I'm currently a patient at Ballard Rehabilitation Hospital . I was getting off of work one day and, unfortunately, I was the victim of a hit and run. I had a broken bone in my legs, I had broken my pelvis and my back, and they told me I wouldn't walk. I also had a fracture and a hemorrhage in my brain, but fortunately, they stabilized it and I had no damage. After about two weeks in the hospital, Ballard came by and told me I had been accepted and I was ... "Hi, my name is Mattiya Parker and I'm currently a patient at Ballard Rehabilitation Hospital . I was getting off of work one day and, unfortunately, ... Read More
  • Katherine A.

    Katherine A.

    Ballard Rehabilitation Hospital

    Katherine (Katie) Armenta is an important person to a lot of people, especially her three sons. As a 29-year-old single mom, a lot of people depend on Katie. She lives with her mother and her boys, one eight-year-old and twin four-year-olds. Every day, Katie went about her life, surrounded by those she loved most. Then, one fateful August evening, everything changed. A toothache had been messing with Katie's ability to sleep at night. Katie's mother gave her some Aleve to help with the ... Katherine (Katie) Armenta is an important person to a lot of people, especially her three sons. As a 29-year-old single mom, a lot of people depend on ... Read More
  • Bill C.

    Bill C.

    Ballard Rehabilitation Hospital

    William "Bill" Cummins was a healthy, active 61-year-old before his stroke. Bill had just been to his physician's office to get clearance for a kidney stone removal. He left the office with a clean bill of health. The life-changing health event around the corner would be completely unexpected. Unfortunately, Bill counted himself among the millions of Americans who smoke. Smoking increases the likelihood that platelets stick together. It also damages the lining of blood vessels. Smoking ... William "Bill" Cummins was a healthy, active 61-year-old before his stroke. Bill had just been to his physician's office to get clearance for a kidney ... Read More
  • 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
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