Baldomero H.

Baldomero H.

Baldomero Herebia enjoys the simple things in life. He is retired and has been a great source of support to his wife. He cooks, cleans and takes care of the up keeping of their home.

“I love spending time with my family," Baldomero said. "I have a wonderful wife and kids along with grandkids and great-grandkids. Family means a lot to me.”

One day, Baldomero’s life took a sudden change of course. He fell at home, injuring his spine. Baldomero wouldn't be the same again.

“It was one of those things where the pain just slowly got worse over time,” explained Baldomero. “One day I decided to see a chiropractor but it didn’t help. A week or so later, I went to the emergency room at Kaweah Delta Medical Center.”

At first, the emergency room doctor was concerned about the pain in Baldomero's spine. But as Baldomero experienced a lack of feeling and weakness, the doctor's focus shifted.

“When I couldn’t move my fingers or my hand and the pain in my spine was so terrible, I started to worry,” Baldomero recalled. “I just remember the doctor giving me the worst-case scenario, which was the possibility of never regaining the feelings or movement of my arms and legs.”

The bad news continued for Baldomero. Due to his medical history, successful surgery would be risky. A transfer to Stanford Medical Center made surgery possible. Specialists at Stanford were able to perform the C3-6 laminectomy Baldomero needed. Surgery went well. Baldomero transferred to Palm Village Skilled Nursing and Retirement Community for additional recovery.

During his stay at the facility, Baldomero made significant gains. Through the recommendation of his physical therapist, he transferred to San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital for more intense and specialized therapy.

“It wasn’t long before I was strong enough to use my walker and move independently,” said Baldomero. “I am so thankful for my doctor, who taught me how to live healthier and for my therapist Rosie, who showed me ways to move safely as I continued to get stronger.”

After several weeks at SJVRH, Baldomero completed his inpatient stay. He was excited to find out that his rehabilitation journey could continue at one of the hospital's outpatient centers.

“I’ve been motivated with the results I've gotten from my inpatient stay. I want to continue my progress at San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital's outpatient centers," said Baldomero. “As I work with my outpatient therapist, Matt, I’m more motivated than ever to keep getting stronger.”

Baldomero expressed his appreciation for the staff at SJVRH. “I’ve gained so much from every day I’ve spent at SJVRH. I am thankful to be around so many people who care to go the extra mile to help me get better.”