Stephen C.

Stephen C.

Stephen Clark was having an ordinary day at work for the IRS when everything changed. He had been lifting some heavy boxes at work and by the time he got home he was experiencing intense pain and could barely stand. He dragged himself to his phone to dial 911 and ultimately ended up at University of Cincinnati where they told him he had a spontaneous bleed on his spine and they needed to do surgery. They prepared him and his family that he may not survive, but he did. They told him he may never walk but he will.

After his two weeks at UC he came to Gateway Rehabilitation Hospital for the next part of his journey. Because he was paralyzed from the waist down they had to use a Hoyer lift to bring him in and get him into his bed. His spirit was not broken and he worked hard and began to make progress. He eventually brought his guitar and used that as another form of therapy and healing. Mr. Clark spent nearly two months at Gateway and when he left he was transferring on his own, able to shower independently and using a walker. He will continue therapy at home until he can drive again and then he plans to come back for outpatient therapy. The work is not over but neither is the miracle. Mr. Clark is an inspiration and a joy and we can’t wait until he comes back to visit and brings his guitar.