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  • 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
  • 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
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