Harry G.

Harry G.

Harry Grecousis was ready to give up on life before he arrived at Kentfield Hospital San Francisco. Harry had lost a lot of weight and had severe shortness of breath. He went to the emergency room at a local hospital and the diagnosis was terrifying. Harry had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease. He spent two weeks in ICU on a ventilator and felt “trapped in bed all day.” Depressed, Harry felt no hope for recovery.

Then, Harry came to Kentfield Hospital San Francisco, where he participated in the “Journey to Neuro Recovery” and “Free to Breathe" programs. Harry worked with speech therapists who gave him a special tube so he could speak, They worked with Harry on swallowing and talking again. Respiratory therapists did daily breathing exercises with Harry, who was able to wean off of the ventilator. Kentfield’s team of neuro physicians worked on treatments for his ALS.

Harry is now walking, talking and breathing without assistive devices for most of the day. He discharged to his home after three weeks at Kentfield Hospital San Francisco. When asked who he appreciated most on the Kentfield team, he said the entire team gave him excellent treatments and large amounts of positive encouragement. The daily visits from Eric, the concierge, especially lifted his spirits.

Harry looks forward to being home and gardening, working on his 1964 Pontiac convertible, eating and gaining weight and playing in the yard again with his dog.