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  • Grace D.

    Grace D.

    Highlands Rehabilitation Hospital

    "Small, but mighty." That's how many describe 20-year-old Grace Drehmer. Grace loves spending time with her friends jet skiing on the lake. She was four days from deployment, ready to serve our country, when her accident occurred. Attempting a backflip on a trampoline, Grace landed on her neck. She couldn't move her extremities and feared the worst. Taken to University Medical Center, Grace was diagnosed with a fracture of her cervical spine and a spinal cord injury . Dr. Todd Trier ... "Small, but mighty." That's how many describe 20-year-old Grace Drehmer. Grace loves spending time with her friends jet skiing on the lake. She was ... Read More
  • Felipe G.

    Felipe G.

    Highlands Rehabilitation Hospital

    When Felipe Gomez arrived at Highlands Rehabilitation Hospital , he was in poor spirits. "I was very sad because I could not move any part of my body," Felipe recalled. "I was not able to do anything for myself." The cause of Felipe's impaired mobility and ability to perform activities of daily living was a prolonged and complex medical course. His hospitalization began with spinal decompression and fusion. Complications followed, including hepatic encephalopathy, acute respiratory ... When Felipe Gomez arrived at Highlands Rehabilitation Hospital , he was in poor spirits. "I was very sad because I could not move any part of my ... Read More
  • Melissa P.

    Melissa P.

    Highlands Rehabilitation Hospital

    The surgery was supposed to relieve the pressure in Melissa Perez's spine. Instead, it had a negative impact on her, both physically and emotionally. Melissa Perez underwent a lumbar laminectomy and fusion to address her pain. The procedure, sometimes known as decompression surgery, relieves pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. But Melissa's surgery didn't go as planned. The surgical site became infected and doctors had to reverse the procedure. Melissa required drainage of a left ... The surgery was supposed to relieve the pressure in Melissa Perez's spine. Instead, it had a negative impact on her, both physically and emotionally. ... Read More
  • Luis B.

    Luis B.

    Highlands Rehabilitation Hospital

    Luis Balbuena suffered for years with swelling and stiffness in his left knee. The knee made prevented Luis from completing daily tasks and impacted his ability to sleep at night. He even required a walker to walk more than 25 yards. After conservative treatments failed to provide relief, Luis underwent a total knee replacement. After surgery, Luis was eager to start aggressive physical and occupational therapy. But when he arrived at Highlands Rehabilitation Hospital , Luis still had a ... Luis Balbuena suffered for years with swelling and stiffness in his left knee. The knee made prevented Luis from completing daily tasks and impacted ... Read More
  • Fernando D.

    Fernando D.

    Highlands Rehabilitation Hospital

    For years, Fernando De La Rosa suffered from constant pain in his lumbar spine. No injury or event seemed to have caused the pain. Over time, the pain began to worsen, radiating down his legs. This led to muscle spasms, numbness, and tingling. This led Fernando to seek answers and hopefully treatment. An MRI confirmed that Fernando had cord compression at the T10-T12 level. Initial attempts to treat him conservatively failed. Fernando then underwent surgery for a laminectomy and ... For years, Fernando De La Rosa suffered from constant pain in his lumbar spine. No injury or event seemed to have caused the pain. Over time, the pain ... Read More
  • Juan G.

    Juan G.

    Highlands Rehabilitation Hospital

    Suffering a stroke puts you at greater risk of having a second one. In the United States, about 25% of strokes are recurrent , meaning the patient had a stroke previously. That's what happened to Juan Gonzalez. Recently, Juan returned to an independent level following his first stroke last year. No longer requiring any assistive devices, Juan also resumed driving. Then came stroke number two. The stroke left Juan with left-sided facial droop and slurred speech, as well as cognitive, ... Suffering a stroke puts you at greater risk of having a second one. In the United States, about 25% of strokes are recurrent , meaning the patient had ... Read More
  • Charles O.

    Charles O.

    Highlands Rehabilitation Hospital

    Charles Ortega's story goes back to one November day when he suffered a fall. He sought treatment at a local hospital. There, tests revealed that Charles, 74, suffered from osteomyelitis of the lumbar spine and left wrist. Osteomyelitis is an inflammation of the bone caused by infection. Doctors placed Charles on antibiotic therapy to treat his osteomyelitis. Four months later, Charles found himself back in the hospital. Experiencing shortness of breath and a fever of 103, Charles went to ... Charles Ortega's story goes back to one November day when he suffered a fall. He sought treatment at a local hospital. There, tests revealed that ... Read More
  • Phillip B.

    Phillip B.

    Highlands Rehabilitation Hospital

    One March day, Phillip (Phil) Banks, Sr. was involved in a high-speed motorcycle accident on Transmountain Road. He hit a retainer wall, sending the bike 200 feet across traffic. Phil was catapulted about ten feet into the air, spinning like a helicopter blade before hitting the side of the mountain, 50 feet away. The 51-year-old was transported to University Medical Center of El Paso. Phil admitted to UMC - El Paso's intensive care unit as a Level I trauma. Phil became hemodynamically ... One March day, Phillip (Phil) Banks, Sr. was involved in a high-speed motorcycle accident on Transmountain Road. He hit a retainer wall, sending the ... Read More
  • Luis C.

    Luis C.

    Highlands Rehabilitation Hospital

    On August 3, 2019, tragedy struck El Paso when a mass shooter opened fire at a Walmart . The shooting left 22 dead, including Jorge Calvillo Garcia. His 33-year-old son, Luis, was injured but survived. Luis suffered gunshot wounds to his abdomen, back, and left thigh. Emergency personnel transported Luis to University Medical Center of El Paso. A long list of complications made Luis's stay at UMC a challenging one for his doctors. Those complications included: Acute deep vein thrombosis ... On August 3, 2019, tragedy struck El Paso when a mass shooter opened fire at a Walmart . The shooting left 22 dead, including Jorge Calvillo Garcia. ... Read More
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