Mr. Overcash

Mr. Overcash

“Honestly I’m thrilled to be going home. I never thought I would leave the hospital alive, let alone on my own two feet.”

They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and Mr. Overcash had problems with that.

Mr. Overcash experienced a major bowel blockage and underwent emergency surgery where he lost a lot of his small intestine. Waccamaw Medical Center sent him to MUSC for the surgery, and there he stayed for quite some time. “Four months I was in-and-out of the ICU over at MUSC,” Mr. Overcash remembers. “I had a trach and a machine breathing for me and three surgeries I don’t remember. Honestly, I didn’t think I would leave there alive.”

He pulled through, but Mr. Overcash needed more time to heal. And heal he did at Vibra Hospital of Charleston. Dr. Manfred accepted Mr. Overcash into her care upon his admission to the long-term acute care hospital. “She took a real interest in me,” Mr. Overcash said, smiling. “I give her most of the credit for putting me back together. She put me back together and [the transitional care unit] really did the fine tuning.”

Mr. Overcash transferred to the TCU, and through much hard work by himself and his therapists was able to begin walking again. “I couldn’t move the left side of my body. It was paralyzed,” he recounted somberly. “Now, I’m walking and have gross motor function in my left arm. I might be walking like a three-year-old, but that’s just the beginning.”

Mr. Overcash looks forward to being home with his lovely wife, up-the-road in Murrell’s Inlet. “Honestly, I’m thrilled to be going home. I never thought I would leave the hospital alive, let alone on my own two feet.”