To say Richard Sundberg's trip to New Mexico didn't go as planned would be an understatement. While there, he began to experience shortness of breath. Rich went to a local emergency room and was placed on a ventilator.
Doctors performed tests to determine the cause. Rich tested positive for human metapneumovirus (hMPV) and legionella. He also developed acute renal failure during his stay.
Once Rich had stabilized enough to leave New Mexico, he admitted to Vibra Hospital of Fargo. Rich couldn't return home and wasn't yet ready for inpatient rehabilitation. At Vibra, he received the high level of medical care he needed to progress along the continuum of care.
Motivated to regain his independence, Rich put in the hard work. When he first arrived, Rich had significant functional limitations. He couldn't sit on the side of his bed without full assistance. He had minimal movement in his arms and legs and was unable to eat. Rich completely depended on others for mobility and self-care activities.
But Rich's hard work with the Vibra staff paid off. He can now dress and bathe himself with minimal assistance. With assistance, Rich can walk 90 feet. His diet has returned to normal. Rich has also been working on his short-term memory, which is almost fully recovered. Rich now heads for an inpatient rehabilitation facility before returning home.Posted By