William O.

William O.

What started as a normal workday quickly became horrifying for William Overton. Working a night shift, in a matter of moments, William was snared by an overhead chain, drug eight feet across the floor, then pulled up a wall before being dropped ten feet straight down onto the concrete floor.

William's list of injuries was exhaustive. Multiple traumas with spinal cord injuries, including T12 & L1 burst fractures. A concussion. A broken right scapula. Five total broken ribs, three on the left side and two on the right.

undefinedAfter two weeks spent at Vanderbilt, William transferred to SKY Rehab to begin his physical recovery. Before leaving Vanderbilt his doctors warned him that it could take up to a year for the spinal injuries to heal enough for him to walk again. William was ready for the challenge! “I’m hoping for the best but preparing for the worst," he said. "I’m immensely happy with the care I’ve gotten here at SKY. They have helped me more than they realize!”

Upon admission, William was physically unable to do anything for himself. He relied on others to get him out of bed and complete activities of daily living. After five months of therapy, William has begun to gain more strength in his extremities. He can stand for several minutes and walk with assistance within the parallel bars.

Several weeks ago, William's physical therapist, Rick, began to utilize the leg press in William's daily therapy sessions. At first, William could only press around 20 pounds. Today, William has worked his way up to 60 pounds, with a goal of 80 within the next two weeks.

“Trust means a lot," William said. "If you don’t trust the person you’re working with, you’re not going to gain what you need to succeed." He added, "I had the chance to go to a rehab in Chicago for 12 weeks and I chose to stay here because of the care I was getting here! [The staff] cares about you getting better. They work with you and they don’t accept ‘no’ or ‘I can’t’ for an answer. It’s been a long journey and it’s not over yet!”

William still has a lot of hard work ahead of him. He will continue on his journey through the outpatient department at SKY. “I will be coming back for outpatient because I just don’t trust anywhere else to try to help me walk like my therapists here at SKY do. I have the freedom to choose where I go to rehab for outpatient therapy and I’m coming back to SKY.”

William, on behalf of the staff here at SKY, we greatly appreciate the trust you have placed in us to assist you in your recovery. We look forward to continuing our work with you to successfully achieve your mobility goals.