Felix W.

Felix W.

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 three-hour window of the first sign of symptoms. tPA works by dissolving the clot and improving blood flow to the part of the brain being deprived. Because he waited to call 9-1-1, Felix was unable to receive tPA.

Once stabilized by the excellent team at Pomona Valley Hospital, Felix was in need of extensive stroke rehabilitation. Felix consulted with two of his nephews, both physicians at Kaiser Permanente. They highly recommended Ballard Rehabilitation Hospital for his care.

Following his nephews' recommendations, Felix transferred to Ballard. He was assigned to the "Orange Team" and immediately began working on addressing his deficiencies. For most activities, Felix required moderate assistance. He also had difficulties with swallowing and speech.

Felix made great progress while at Ballard, which he credits to his clinicians. He wished to recognize "the best in the world": his nurse, Manuel, and therapists, Brittany, Mandy, Kenny, and Kayann. Felix discharged from Ballard having regained his ability to speak and able to walk up to 300 feet with a wide-based quad cane.

"Thank you to all the staff at Ballard Rehabilitation Hospital," Felix added. "My nephews were right. You are the best!"