Gordon F.

Gordon F.

An independent man, Gordon (Gordy) had become used to coming-and-going as he pleased. Gordy worked at a local electrical plant and enjoyed riding his motorcycle around the area. Though Gordy lived alone, he spent much of his time with family members and close friends. It wasn't uncommon to see Gordy helping out his family or friends with different projects.

That was, at least, until Gordy suffered a heart attack. The heart attack left Gordy in bad shape. Suffering multi-organ failure, he required a tracheostomy and PEG tube placed. He spent two months hospitalized, in-and-out of ICU, before transferring to Vibra Hospital of the Central Dakotas.

Gordy is tough and persistent, having every intention of returning home. That journey began with weaning from the ventilator and PEG tube. Check and check. Then, it was time to make major gains in physical therapy. At first, Gordy needed help just to sit up in bed. But Gordy worked hard and as his nutrition improved, so did his strength. By discharge, Gordy was able to get up from his wheelchair to walk the halls.

However, Gordy's recovery was not without further hurdles. On multiple occasions, Gordy had to leave Vibra for additional procedures. Despite the challenges, he remained focused and determined to heal. The nursing staff provided emotional support to help Gordy navigate these ups-and-downs.

The healing environment Gordy encountered at Vibra played a key role in his recovery. "They made me feel comfortable and very welcomed," Gordy reflected. "I can't thank them enough for their generosity and help through my stay."

Gordy discharged home with home healthcare to build on his already impressive recovery. "I hope to be able to ride motorcycles again, spend more time with my family and friends, and try to live my life to some normalcy."